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Free cell phones are now a civil right
NY Post ^ | August 1, 2011 | Abby W. Schachter

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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: cellphones; civilrights; homosexualtotus; kenyanvillageidiot; muslimterrorist
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1 posted on 08/02/2011 4:00:50 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

It’s sheer lunacy!


2 posted on 08/02/2011 4:02:31 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: iowamark

pathetic


3 posted on 08/02/2011 4:02:50 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Jim Robinson

It’s in the penumbra !


4 posted on 08/02/2011 4:03:25 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: iowamark
Where do I get me some of that govmint cheeze?!?
5 posted on 08/02/2011 4:04:02 PM PDT by mojito
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To: iowamark
"the telecommunications companies are funding the Universal Service Fund to the tune of $4 billion a year because the feds said they have to"

Socialist fascism!

6 posted on 08/02/2011 4:04:21 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: iowamark
“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal and are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and free cell phones for all.”
7 posted on 08/02/2011 4:05:26 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

IIRC, Algore’s tie-breaking vote way back before he became
Manbearpig.


8 posted on 08/02/2011 4:06:30 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: iowamark
Conservatives must make inroads into these socialist enclave governments.

“Yard by yard it's really hard, inch by inch it is a cinch.”

9 posted on 08/02/2011 4:06:44 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: iowamark

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.


10 posted on 08/02/2011 4:08:46 PM PDT by MNDude (so that's what they meant by Carter's second term)
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To: iowamark

Civil right? I coulda swore I saw it in the living constitution somewhere.


11 posted on 08/02/2011 4:09:29 PM PDT by umgud
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To: Jim Robinson
Socialist fascism!

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...

12 posted on 08/02/2011 4:09:39 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: iowamark

Stupid me!! I just paid my cell phone bill!

Should have just claimed my civil right to make everyone pay for mine!

/s


13 posted on 08/02/2011 4:10:07 PM PDT by Leofl (I'm from Texas, we don't dial 9-11)
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To: Jim Robinson

Someone needs to buy me an 50 inch TV..for my peace of mind, it’s my right!


14 posted on 08/02/2011 4:11:43 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Sauron/Saruman 2012; it couldn't be any worse..)
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To: Leofl

Nex it be free Escalades.


15 posted on 08/02/2011 4:11:53 PM PDT by oldtimer (uee)
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To: MNDude

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.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Service_Fund

An Introduction to the Universal Service Fund: How We Can Use it to Bolster Broadband Adoption
http://broadbandandsocialjustice.org/2011/01/an-introduction-to-the-universal-service-fund-how-we-can-use-it-to-bolster-broadband-adoption/

marxists at work...


16 posted on 08/02/2011 4:15:27 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: iowamark

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!!


17 posted on 08/02/2011 4:17:53 PM PDT by True Republican Patriot (May GOD SAVE OUR AMERICA from ALLAH and his Prophet, HUSSEIN OBAMA!!)
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To: iowamark

So that Obama can tweet with the lot of them during the election.


18 posted on 08/02/2011 4:22:44 PM PDT by w4women ("All great change begins at the dinner table". Ronald Reagan)
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To: iowamark

I read this stuff and have come to the conclusion that I am rapidly going stark,raving mad.


19 posted on 08/02/2011 4:24:14 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Jim Robinson
It’s sheer lunacy!

No, Jim, it is a new Welfare program being maintained off the government's books with higher rates for paying customers being a hidden surrogate tax. The government has been doing this for decades. All government mandates on business are off-books tax collection and welfare programs. The new ObamaCare birth control mandate is another one.
20 posted on 08/02/2011 4:25:39 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: iowamark

Whatta cluster-blank.


21 posted on 08/02/2011 4:25:52 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: iowamark

Meanwhile, down here in FL, our welfare kings and queens have to pass drug tests that they pay for, to receive benefits. Heh, heh.


22 posted on 08/02/2011 4:26:43 PM PDT by Jacquerie
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To: iowamark

another sign of a nation on the way down


23 posted on 08/02/2011 4:27:17 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: iowamark

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.


24 posted on 08/02/2011 4:27:54 PM PDT by mtrott
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To: iowamark

Unbelievable :(


25 posted on 08/02/2011 4:28:30 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: WOBBLY BOB; Mears; True Republican Patriot

post #20


26 posted on 08/02/2011 4:28:57 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: umgud

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.


27 posted on 08/02/2011 4:33:15 PM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Jacquerie

How did that get past the ACLU?


28 posted on 08/02/2011 4:34:25 PM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: iowamark

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 “Now I can call my family anytime I want to”. 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


29 posted on 08/02/2011 4:38:15 PM PDT by ADemocratNoMore (Jeepers, Freepers, where'd 'ya get those sleepers?. Pj people, exposing old media's lies.)
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To: iowamark
it is a right to have peace of mind," Cater explained

I'm sorry but that pisses me off so bad I can't see straight.

30 posted on 08/02/2011 4:38:25 PM PDT by upchuck (ANY plan that spreads cuts over 10 years is a canard. Cut NOW, not in ten years. 1% plan is a winner)
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To: iowamark

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!
RWL


31 posted on 08/02/2011 4:38:53 PM PDT by Right-wing Librarian
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To: iowamark

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


32 posted on 08/02/2011 4:39:52 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: iowamark

Work is for suckas!


33 posted on 08/02/2011 4:40:25 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (The solution to fix Congress: Nuke em from orbit. It's the only way to be sure!)
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To: iowamark

Why work when you can get everything you want for free?


34 posted on 08/02/2011 4:42:02 PM PDT by bwc2221
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To: Right-wing Librarian

Oh, and I forgot to add, in Methacton School District in suburban Phila, they now offer families “that qualify”, very low cost INTERNET connection!


35 posted on 08/02/2011 4:42:12 PM PDT by Right-wing Librarian
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To: upchuck
it is a right to have peace of mind," Cater explained

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?

36 posted on 08/02/2011 4:42:46 PM PDT by Steel Wolf ("Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master." - Gaius Sallustius Crispus)
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To: Steel Wolf

?


37 posted on 08/02/2011 4:45:23 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: GeronL

>>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.


38 posted on 08/02/2011 4:46:06 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (The solution to fix Congress: Nuke em from orbit. It's the only way to be sure!)
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To: iowamark

they’ve been getting free cell phones and service for years


39 posted on 08/02/2011 4:47:06 PM PDT by MadelineZapeezda (ChelseaHandlerZapeezda2)
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To: iowamark

Makes it easier to coordinate those “Disaffected Youth’s Property Redistribution Events” (flash mobs) that are all the rage these days.


40 posted on 08/02/2011 4:47:15 PM PDT by Free in Texas (Obama-Fraudulent, Dishonest, Arrogant, Dangerous and Incompetent...the left's perfect choice!)
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To: Bryanw92

insanity


41 posted on 08/02/2011 4:50:45 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: iowamark
“Amy Storey, a spokeswoman for CTIA - The Wireless Association in Washington, said all U.S. wireless carriers charge consumers a fee to recover the cost of their contribution to the fund, which varies quarterly as determined by the Federal Communications Commission.”

There are lots of taxes that we are not aware of - this is one of those “indirect” taxes. It sucks.

42 posted on 08/02/2011 4:51:13 PM PDT by bwc2221
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To: iowamark

Buying votes !!!


43 posted on 08/02/2011 4:51:47 PM PDT by True Grit
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To: iowamark

Was this program cut today? I doubt it. Anything to keep certain demographics from rioting in the streets.


44 posted on 08/02/2011 4:52:28 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Is it true that cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny?)
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To: iowamark

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.


45 posted on 08/02/2011 4:54:05 PM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: Jim Robinson
It’s sheer lunacy!

Yes it is.

46 posted on 08/02/2011 4:56:17 PM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: iowamark

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.


47 posted on 08/02/2011 4:56:33 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: Jim Robinson

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.


48 posted on 08/02/2011 4:56:33 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: iowamark

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.


49 posted on 08/02/2011 4:56:54 PM PDT by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: Right-wing Librarian

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


50 posted on 08/02/2011 4:56:57 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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