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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Not the worst name

I was just skimming another Ex Parte to the FCC, and it struck me: part of the Universal Service Fund is something that is called the "High Cost Program."  In the past, I have always taken it as intended: a program to subsidize telecommunications in places where the cost of providing telecom services is high, ergo the High Cost Program.  But today it occurred to me what that name looks like to someone who doesn't know the USF.

If I were looking to get rid of expensive government programs, the "High Cost Program" seems like a really good place to start.

So while I often complain about the name "E-Rate" and its controversial spelling, things could be worse.


  1. What do you mean by the "worst name"? Anyway, thanks for the information. Keep up the good work.

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