The concept of making affordable basic telephone service available to everyone everywhere within a nation, state, or other governmental jurisdiction.The United States Communications Act of 1934 first established the concept and led to the formation of a fund known as the Universal Service Fund (USF), which was finally codified in the Telecommunications Act of 1996. In some cases, the concept has been widened to include other telecommunications services classified as information services, most especially Internet access.That is the case in the United States, where the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) administers programs that provide support for incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) in high-cost areas, assistance for low-income subscribers, discounts for telecommunications service to schools and libraries, and discounts to rural health care providers. See also Communications Act of 1934, Internet, Telecommunications Act of 1996, USAC, and USF.
Universal-service Sentence Examples
But in 1908, owing to the prevailing want of trained soldiers in France, it was proposed to set free the white troops in Algeria by applying the principles of universal service to the natives, as in Tunis.
The non-commissioned officers are, as usual in universal service armies, drawn partly from men who voluntarily enlist at a relatively early age, and partly from men who at the end of their compulsory period of service are re-engaged.
Thus in Italy the universal service system, though probably the best organization both for the army and the nation, works with a maximum of friction.
Like almost all Universal Service countries, Italy only drafts a small proportion of the available recruits into the army.
In consequence, far from applying the " universal service " principle to its full extent, they trained only onefifth of the annual contingent of men found fit for service.