Programs are given funny names in Washington. Take the Universal Service Fund, which spends $7 billion annually to extend telephone service to low-income households in high-cost areas. In truth, it has never delivered “universal” phone service or significantly expanded the reach of networks. What it does is shower subsidies on grossly inefficient rural phone companies while imposing stiff taxes on the very folks it aims to help. And policymakers are today casting about for new revenues to feed the beast. Read full article published in the Baltimore Sun.