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Telephone tax hike part of FCC chairman's plan for Internet fund

Grant Gross | Nov. 18, 2014
A proposed US$0.16 fee increase on your telephone bill would go toward improving Internet access for kids in school and libraries.

Senator Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat and father of the E-Rate program, praised Wheeler's proposal. The plan will "transform the relationship between educational technology and every child in the country, regardless of race, geography or income," he said.

But Ajit Pai, a Republican member of the FCC, criticized the plan, calling it "massive" tax increase.

"Instead of imposing a greater burden on families struggling to make ends meet in this lackluster economy, the commission should pursue fiscally responsible reforms," Pai said in a statement. "These reforms would cut the bureaucratic red tape and focus resources on the children and library patrons of poor and rural America, where the need is greatest."


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