Looking into this for my elderly neighbor I checked out how it is available. It's nothing more or less than the Lifeline program which was instituted in the Reagan administration, and is funded not by taxes at all but by the telecom companies, same as it has been since its inception. It's government supported in that the government requires phone companies to provide the service where it is deemed necessary.
You people need to check things out before you get all overexcited; it's hard on your cardiovascular system to get all het up like that. This kind of uninformed hollering and name-calling is typical of 7 year olds, but it would be nice if those of us who are adults could at least act grown up.
No need to take my word for it. Check for yourself. It only took me one free call to the local telephone company to get the scoop. You can do the same, unless you just get your kicks squawking like a stuck pig.
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