• Wonder where that Universal Service fee on your phone bill goes? Free cell phones for those on Welfare

    February 9th, 2012 by admin Categories: Blogs Tags: , , , , , ,

    In an era where our Governor is confiscating state employee cell phones in a misguided attempt to save money, the Federal government is providing free cell phones and service to folks on welfare. The program euphemistically dubbed “Lifeline” has, not unsurprisingly, doubled to $1.6 billion over the last three years for 12.5 million individuals. The program has nowhere to go but up since anyone eligible for food stamps is eligible for Lifeline, and that program has grown from 26.3 million people in 2007 to 44.7 million last year, an increase of nearly 70 percent. Oh, and the program suffers from poor oversight as well:

    The program, overseen by the FCC and intended to help low-income Americans, is popular for obvious reasons, with participation rising steeply since 2008, when the government paid $772 million for phones and monthly bills. But observers complain that the program suffers from poor oversight, in which phones go to people who don’t qualify, and hundreds of thousands of those who do qualify have more than one phone.

    The Lifeline program provides low-income Americans with free cell phones… is funded primarily by the Universal Service Fund fee added to the bills of land-line and wireless customers.

    What’s more, an FCC audit of the program last year showed that many participants in the program were taking more than their fair share. According to Businessweek: 269,000 wireless Lifeline subscribers were receiving free phones and monthly service from two or more carriers.

    See whole story here.

    1. Sherry says:

      You have no idea how much this upsets me. I see so much fraud, waste and abuse in these government programs. I am so sick and tired of paying for things that other people just refuse to pay for themselves. I don’t mind helping people who truly need it, but this is flat out abuse. 44% of the people are on food stamps, so they qualify for this. I saw a news report this morning about a woman who got 5 phones within minutes. She had all these phones in her purse. This makes me sick. I work my fingers to the bone so I can provide for my grandkids, things like food, clothing, and shelter, and I have to pay for these people who simply abuse this program. It’s the same way for medicaid and medicare. I see abuse there, too. I personally know people on disability who could work, but just don’t want to. Our country is not going to be the land of freedom and opportunity much longer. We are going to slide into tyranny once the majority of the population decides they want the government to run everything.

    2. Anonymous says:

      I to am so sick of this fraud, I have my own family members taking advantage of every free social program out there, they know the ins and outs of the system better than so in charge, Its a constant fight with them, we all either have or know people who are using the system, its got to stop, these people are like homeless dogs you feel sorry for and feed them once and they never stop coming back, our tax dollars should only be for the defense of this country, let all the states determine what social programs they want to hand out, I do think theres a time to help and I personally have helped my own family but over time they become dependant and then feel like they are entitled.

    3. Anonymous says:

      They are abusing money and disabled children who need equipment such as walkers, standees, and wheelchairs are being denied equipment. Someone needs to seriously look at how government money is being allocated.

    4. Anonymous says:

      What if EVERYONE refuses to pay the Universal Service Fee? If everyone did it, the phone companies couldn’t disconnect all of us! We should have a month declaring it NO UNIVERSAL SERVICE FEE MONTH.

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