In the days when the Bell System had a monopoly on phone service, people
used rotary phones asked an operator to connect them, and wireless calls were not even a gleam in Dick Tracy’s eye, the government began redistributing some of Bell’s profits to provide rural phone service to a nation of farmers. Nearly a century later, the government is still taxing telecoms – and then giving it right back to them (and more) in a complex system of taxes and subsidies in which telecoms route calls through rural areas in exchange for kickbacks from the FCC. The FCC seems have realized that the system is out of date and is “modernizing [the system] for the era of Steve Jobs and the internet future he imagined.”
It would be logical to assume that Steve Jobs would have advocated that the FCC end the taxes/subsidies, fire the bureaucrats, and stop stealing other people’s money. Right? Right?