In 1976, Floyd Fithian was among the first Members of Congress to have a toll-free phone number. A campaign postcard from that year with a photo of Fithian cheerfully chatting on a telephone touted his accessibility with the slogan “Listening to you. Working for you.” On the reverse, the card adds that “You can talk to him. . . . He listens to you.” The free phone lines were seen as an effective way to serve rural districts, but the service didn’t come cheap—the costs ranged from $80 to $435 per month. Fithian, notably, was the only Congressman who paid the fees from his salary.