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Carphone Warehouse refuses Internet service to over-70s

Sunday, September 3, 2006 read the rest at Boing-Boing
http://www.boingboing.net/2006/09/03/carphone_warehouse_r.html

…unless they are accompanied by a young person. They say that septugenarians are too old to understand the terms of telecoms contracts….

Help the Aged (see links in More to Share, HTA), says

New laws next month will outlaw ageism in the workplace. But Help the Aged wants the rules extended to protect consumers.

Check the comments from “silver-surfers” on-line at the Daily Mail.

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Money woes change Anchorage public television

It’s not just Anchorage. In rural Alaska those who don’t have cable or satellite TV and radio (yes, there are some, many, of us) get just 2 (two) TV stations and one or two radio stations. One TV station is just PBS, via Alaska One consortium based in Fairbanks but also including KAKM. The other station is a mix of commercial and PBS broadcasts on the ARCS (Alaska Rural Communication System a.k.a., the old RATnet, Rural Alaska Telecom or something). We’re fortunate to have two, kind of local, newspapers; one is based in Anchorage. Neither are able to support inquiries into local events or governments; the local public radio station only reads what the Anchorage stations feed.

The state legislature, urban and Republican, has cut funding for the past 10 years. Our current former governor (Murkowski) bought a “state” jet, too big to visit most Alaska communities.

But, I guess communicating to Alaskans isn’t the point; neither is learning about fellow citizens. Recently, an Alaskan blogger (from Juneau, the state capitol) told of her trip to a place on the northwest [sic] coast of Alaska, Bethel.

Read more about what the cutbacks will do,

http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/8123221p-8015549c.html

So, if Alaska is actually several time zones wide and the sidereal time in (north)western Alaska differs from Anchorage, does yesterday’s Barney finally catch up to when toddlers actually awake each day?

Shows such as the “Jim Lehrer News Hour,” “Antiques Road Show” and “Nova” will still be available, but they’ll be aired at the time KAKM receives them via a direct feed from PBS in the Lower 48.

• JOB LOSSES: Alaska Public Media is cutting seven jobs and not filling three vacancies, affecting TV and radio staff.

• CANCELLATION: Alaska Public Radio Network canceled its weekly, two-hour program called “AK.”

• LOWER 48 FEED: KAKM Channel 7 will air a direct feed of national programming from the Lower 48 instead of storing it and rebroadcasting to fit the Alaska time zone.


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Lifeline offers cheap calling (Alaska)

Interesting article about the program in Alaska. [Previous, New Eligibility Rules for Lifeline and Link-Up Support on Tribal Lands]

http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/8021962p-7914995c.html

PHONES: Dollar a month activates cellular service for those qualifying.

By LISA DEMER, Anchorage Daily News, Published: July 30, 2006

Lifeline at a glance

• One subsidized phone service is allowed per household; it can be either a cell phone or land line, but not both.

• People can qualify if they already participate in public assistance programs such as Medicaid, Denali KidCare, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, food stamps, the Supplemental Security Income disability program, the free lunch program, public housing and others. So can individuals with incomes at or less than 135 percent of the poverty line. In Alaska, a family of four with an income under $33,750 would qualify.

• Dependents generally don’t qualify. A college student with no income who is claimed on the parents’ tax returns wouldn’t be eligible but one who’s financially independent with a low-paying part-time job would be.

• All local phone companies in Alaska provide the service for land lines; four wireless companies also provide it, with others applying for approval from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.

• FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call the consumer protection office of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska at 276-6222 or 1-800-390-2782 or your phone company.


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New Eligibility Rules for Lifeline and Link-Up Support on Tribal Lands

http://communitydispatch.com/artman/publish/article_3765.shtml

Lifeline and Link-Up Enhanced Support for Tribal Lands

The Federal Universal Service Fund includes the Low-Income Program, which provides discounts on telephone installation and basic monthly service to qualifying consumers. There are two components to the Low-Income Program – Lifeline Assistance (“Lifeline”) and Link-Up America (“Link-Up”). Lifeline and Link-Up are available to all qualifying low-income consumers nationwide. The FCC’s Enhanced Lifeline and Link-Up for Tribal Lands programs offer additional discounts for qualifying consumers living on Tribal Lands. Lifeline also includes Toll Limitation Service, which enables a telephone subscriber to limit the amount of long distance calls that can be made from a phone.

Tribal Lands

For the Lifeline and Link-Up programs, Tribal Lands are defined as any federally-recognized Indian Tribe’s Reservation, Pueblo, Colony, or former reservation in Oklahoma, an Indian Allotment, or an Alaska Native region established by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.
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