Skip to comments.Free cell phones are now a civil right
Posted on 08/02/2011 4:00:47 PM PDT by iowamark
Pennsylvanians on public assistance now have a new 'civil right' -- free cell phones. Meanwhile, the rest of us get to pay higher cell bills as a result.
Recently, a federal government program called the Universal Service Fund came to the Keystone State and some residents are thrilled because it means they can enjoy 250 minutes a month and a handset for free, just because they don't have the money to pay for it. Through Assurance Wireless and SafeLink from Tracfone Wireless these folks get to reach out and touch someone while the cost of their service is paid for by everyone else. You see, the telecommunications companies are funding the Universal Service Fund to the tune of $4 billion a year because the feds said they have to and in order to recoup their money, the companies turn around and hike their fees to paying customers. But those of use paying for the free service for the poor, should be happy about this infuriating situation, says Gary Carter, manager of national partnerships for Assurance, because "the program is about peace of mind." Free cell service means "one less bill that someone has to pay, so they can pay their rent or for day care...it is a right to have peace of mind," Cater explained...
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It’s sheer lunacy!
It’s in the penumbra !
IIRC, Algore’s tie-breaking vote way back before he became
“Yard by yard it's really hard, inch by inch it is a cinch.”
it’s because the phone conversations of these recipients with one another are bound to be so cerebral, that a cure for cancer and the discovery of cold fusion are sure to follow.
Civil right? I coulda swore I saw it in the living constitution somewhere.
Come on Jim. It's not like we've got an out of control government running up a multi-trillion dollar deficit virtualy enslaving our future generations.
What? Oh! Never mind...
Stupid me!! I just paid my cell phone bill!
Should have just claimed my civil right to make everyone pay for mine!
Someone needs to buy me an 50 inch TV..for my peace of mind, it’s my right!
Nex it be free Escalades.
The Universal Service Fund (USF) was created by the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 1997 to meet Congressional universal service goals as mandated by the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
An Introduction to the Universal Service Fund: How We Can Use it to Bolster Broadband Adoption
marxists at work...
Absolutely Unfreakin Believable!!!! But then now, women are guaranteed free Birth Control. Morning After Pilld, Mammograms, Condoms, and whatever else the Communist Left and Destructors of America can think up next!!
So that Obama can tweet with the lot of them during the election.
I read this stuff and have come to the conclusion that I am rapidly going stark,raving mad.
Meanwhile, down here in FL, our welfare kings and queens have to pass drug tests that they pay for, to receive benefits. Heh, heh.
another sign of a nation on the way down
The reason this kind of thing happens, along with idiocy like the Unearned Income Tax Credit, is that we, as a nation, have acquiesced to the notion that the country is a collective, rather than a bastion of individual liberty, which it was founded to be. Because too many people have bought into this “noble” and lofty ideal of everybody having equal outcomes, nothing can get done that results in some folks having more and doing better than others. When you hear them say things like, “with a nation as great as this, I don’t see why we can’t provide...”, run for your wallet. Until the Republicans start clearly and forcibly start opposing and voting down collectivist policies, there will be more and more of this kind of stupidity.
If it’s a right, then everyone should have a free cell phone with 250 minutes. No one should have to pay for their cells. I know if I don’t pay my cell phone bill for a while, I lose my “right” to have the service.
How did that get past the ACLU?
They’ve had this for at least a year here in Ohio and not only that, but they run a TV commercial to let you know about it. The commercial starts with an ethnic grandmother, (Amish), worrying about not being able to let anybody know if she’s having an emergency but by the end, after she finds out she can get 250 free minutes a month she says âNow I can call my family anytime I want toâ. But, but, I thought the phone was just for emergencies. If it is, what happened to those trashed phones that you and I were supposed to donate for that very purpose?. Not good enough to call 911?. Which begs the question, if you can afford to dress as nicely as the woman in the add you can’t afford a $10 cell phone?. Sheesh
I'm sorry but that pisses me off so bad I can't see straight.
This is exactly the kind of bizarre mental thinking that convinced me of the need to leave Pa, where I was born. It is a geographically beautiful state, but the libs have taken over. So many taxes, fees, etc. We are so happy here in FL, living expenses are lower here in NW FL. Our highest PECO bill up there was something like $465, here (approx same sq ft) so far the highest power bill has been around $145! No state or local tax returns, life here is GOOD!!! Now, if they would just build a CostCo around here, I’d be HAPPY!! Ha!
All the paying customers should sign up.
They will do the same with fast internet too, you will pay an extra fee to give to the poor for free.
When that happens we should ALL sign up for it. lol
Work is for suckas!
Why work when you can get everything you want for free?
Oh, and I forgot to add, in Methacton School District in suburban Phila, they now offer families “that qualify”, very low cost INTERNET connection!
I'm sorry but that pisses me off so bad I can't see straight.
Really? Then your rights are being violated. Would a free cell phone cheer you up?
>>All the paying customers should sign up.
You can’t. They’ve had the program here for a couple years. There are big billboards in the welfare neighborhoods featuring a smiling negro woman with a cell phone in her hand and something like “If you qualify for EBT or WIC, you can get free cell phone service.” Then, it lists a phone number and web address to sign up.
they’ve been getting free cell phones and service for years
Makes it easier to coordinate those “Disaffected Youth’s Property Redistribution Events” (flash mobs) that are all the rage these days.
There are lots of taxes that we are not aware of - this is one of those “indirect” taxes. It sucks.
Buying votes !!!
Was this program cut today? I doubt it. Anything to keep certain demographics from rioting in the streets.
The Universal Service Fund Fee National and State is on your bills every month. It’s just another tax, they flim flamed on the public and created another slush fund. On my bill the federal one is $3.79 and the state one is $1.51. Nine will get you ten the free phones are paid by the state fund, and the feds keep their nice slush fund and I’d be willing to bet that a chunk of money winds up in the CWA unions hands to buy votes for the democrats. And/or a bunch of it used to bail out the CWA pension plans that got hocked to buy air time for democrats.
Our little piece of the USF fee is about $10,000 a year dependending on our traffic, and we’re just a small provider. Can you imagine how much they’re getting with the thousands of small payphone providers, phone card providers, cell phone providers, et al.
Yes it is.
These are the services we provided when I was a supervisor at the state employment commissions in Iowa and Texas: Grant money (TANF or “welfare”), free bus passes or gasoline credit cards, free daycare, food stamps, WIC, free laptops with an ISP and warranty, career and family counseling, clothing for interviews, free technical/2 year or 4 year degrees, surplus food, free job fairs with employers, etc. And I’m sure I’ve forgotten something.
We’ve had the free phone program here for a year or two and there was a story on the local news a couple of nights ago that we just got the federal bucks to bring high speed internet to everyone because the poor and disadvantaged either have no access or must suffer through dial-up. I kid you not. It is a disgrace.
This is everywhere.
Public librarians know what is going on. All day long they troop into libraries for forms and to use the computers to get the latest government program. If they are from the wrong state or something, they just make up addresses, etc.
Low cost Perhaps to the families, but if the internet is government funded, then not lower cost to the taxpayers when we consider the higher interest we will be paying to service the debt to pay for all these “civil rights” :( Of course