Free cell phones are now a "civil right"

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Free cell phones are now a civil right
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8:30 AM, August 1, 2011 ι Abby W. Schachter

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.

Well, the telecommunications companies don't seem to love providing this 'right' to poor folks because they are trying to renegotiate the deal with the FCC. The telecommunications companies like Verizon and AT&T want more paying customers, but their desire to reform their deal with the feds dovetails nicely with the political ideology of the current FCC chairman Julian Genachowski, who like all Obama administration flunkies sees 'rights' where others see 'priviledges'. Just listen to how the agency put the question of providing broadband and cell service to those in rural and poor communities. "The goal of reform is to provide everyone with affordable voice and broadband," the agency said.

Between 14 million and 24 million Americans lack access to broadband, "and immediate prospects for deployment to them are bleak," the FCC said in a report last year. "Many of these Americans are poor or live in rural areas that will remain unserved without reform of the universal service program and other changes," the report said.

But who says that cheap or free broadband is anything more than a luxury?

Well, another Obama flunkie, Rahm Emanuel, that's who. As we reported in June , the new mayor of Chicago was all excited to proclaim the wonderful news of free internet service to poor kids in Chicago's worst neighborhoods. And how could Mayor Emanuel pay for this new 'civil right'? Well, because the federal government extorted the money from Comcast when it wanted to buy NBC-Universal. Once again FCC chairman Genachowski was all about "helping the kids" by forcing the internet provider to give poor kids free netbooks, laptops, and internet service, indefinitely. And who is going to pay for this gift? Well, of course the rest of us poor saps who actually pay our bills.



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NuttyJim

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If you really have to choose between paying your god damn rent or child care versus having a cell phone you should be put to fucking sleep.
 
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it is a right to have peace of mind
No, it isn't. It is a right to be able to pursue peace of mind. It's not a right to just have it. What kind of insanity is that? Does that mean that I have a right to get free work done on my car because the rattle noise it's making is eating away at my peace of mind?
 

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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.
So despite the fact that we have a line item on our bill for the USF, the article indicates that the cell phone companies are ALSO charging us for it? What kind of bullshit is that?

And IN B4 Rush Limbaugh claims Obama is giving Young Persons Iphones on Real Americans' dimes.
 

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So despite the fact that we have a line item on our bill for the USF, the article indicates that the cell phone companies are ALSO charging us for it? What kind of bullshit is that?

And IN B4 Rush Limbaugh claims Obama is giving Young Persons Iphones on Real Americans' dimes.
The young people will just mug some poor working white folk for that iphone. My question is why is this program around? Do the givemedats really need something else on the working man's dime?
 

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Well at least they aren't talking about subsidizing internet for the poor.

Oh, yeah that's right...

I'm really starting to fucking hate this country.
 

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This is a great plan for the bike stealers. Honestly all those calls to "dey baby mommas" are expensive.

We've sullied their race enough people, its time we give them reparations in the form of prepayed phones, copies of madden 12 and quarter waters.
 

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That article is worse than the ones Kirk posts.
 

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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.
So they stopped calling them "young people" and now they're referring to them as "residents"?
 

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That article is worse than the ones Kirk posts.
Seriously. Keep it classy NY Post.

I actually know somebody that had one of those Safelink phones. It was insanely hard to qualify for even after not working for over a year. I'd like to see some numbers on how many people are actually getting these things.
 

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I just switched over to Alex Jones during a commercial... he said that this is a globalist program to get cellphones in the hands of the sheeple so they can track them and fry their brains.

Seriously... the guy can't go a minute straight without spouting this sort of lunacy.
 

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Yet we will do nothing. Why bother anymore.
Not only will most of us do nothing, but the very kind of people who might actually try and do something get labeled as racists or terrorists when they do.
 

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Seriously. Keep it classy NY Post.

I actually know somebody that had one of those Safelink phones. It was insanely hard to qualify for even after not working for over a year. I'd like to see some numbers on how many people are actually getting these things.
Even if no one is getting them, we are paying for them. That's even worse. I think. Redistribution is bad, but is paying for redstribution that never happens bad? This hurts my brain.
 

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The right to housing, food, money, cellphones.....what's fucking next?? Taxpayer Escalade vouchers and gas cards?? A right to 24 inch rims??
 

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The right to housing, food, money, cellphones.....what's fucking next?? Taxpayer Escalade vouchers and gas cards?? A right to 24 inch rims??
That's already happening my friend.
Really. Come out east and watch the nig nogs in action.
They can get anything they want for free.
They are well trained in how to play the system.
 

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Honestly I come here every day and see you hatemongers spreading lies and meanness about our powerful, smart and strong african queens.











and by queens, i mean big fat overbearing silverbacks.
 

Party Rooster

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Even if no one is getting them, we are paying for them. That's even worse. I think. Redistribution is bad, but is paying for redstribution that never happens bad? This hurts my brain.
If you were to go off the "writer" of that NY Post hit piece it sounds like the phone companies are bitching that they're not getting enough money and it's costing them too much.

It's been part of the Universal Service Fund for a long time. And of all the programs for poor people, I actually think a <$10 a month prepaid cell phone is a decent investment. Being able to provide a phone number on a job application might help them get off welfare quicker.

The guy I know got one and first got hired on as an on-call kitchen worker in a restaurant. Because of it he got hired there full time, went off unemployment/food stamps and is now paying a monthly fee to keep the service with Tracfone.

And like I said, this shitty writer at the Post failed to disclose exactly what's in play here. They're just allowing people that were already qualifying under "Lifeline" programs to get a phone with very limited minutes on it. And you can't have BOTH.

You have to provide them with proof of being on the government dole and they randomly re-verify you periodically otherwise your phone gets shut off.

From the T&C over at Safelink:

By enrolling in the SAFELINK WIRELESS Program (the “SAFELINK WIRELESS Program” or “SAFELINK Program”) and by using the SAFELINK WIRELESS service (the “SAFELINK WIRELESS Service” or “SAFELINK Service”), you (“You”), the participant, acknowledge and agree to the following terms and conditions:

1. SAFELINK WIRELESS PROGRAM DESCRIPTION.
SAFELINK WIRELESS Service is funded by the Universal Service Fund Lifeline program and administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company. In order to qualify for enrollment in the SAFELINK WIRELESS Program, a person must meet certain eligibility requirements set by each state where the SAFELINK Program is offered. These requirements are based on a person's participation in a state or federal support program(s) or by meeting certain income requirements based upon the Income Poverty Guidelines as defined by the US Government. Federal law limits the availability of the SAFELINK Program. The SAFELINK Program allows one (1) enrollment per “household” and only the “head of household” may apply. The SAFELINK Program permits only one Lifeline benefit per household, therefore, no person currently living in the household may receive Lifeline benefits from any other Lifeline program. Applicants for the SAFELINK Program must complete an application form, provide supporting documentation that they meet the eligibility requirements and certify, under penalty of perjury, that they:

• Are eligible for and currently receive benefits from the public assistance program(s) identified in the application form.
• Are a “head of household.”
• Do not currently receive lifeline support for a telephone line serving their residential address and no other resident in their household participates in the Lifeline program. If the applicant is already participating in another Lifeline program, then the applicant agrees to cancel their current household Lifeline support provider in order to enroll in the SAFELINK Program.
• Are not claimed as a dependent on another person's federal or state income tax return.
• Will notify SAFELINK Wireless by calling 1-800-SAFELINK if and when they no longer qualify for any of the public assistance programs identified in their application form.
• Will notify SAFELINK Wireless of any change of address by calling 1-800-SAFELINK.
• Reviewed the information contained in their application and it is true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief.
Would have been nice for this journalist to provide a little more clarity on what's going on here instead of trying to portray it as givezmedats getting free iPhones.
Another debunking:

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.
Recently? As in 1997? It was enacted in response to the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Back when the Repubs controlled both houses of Congress. :haha7:

And the USF fee doesn't just go to pay for cell phones for welfare queens. It also helps pay for phone and internet services to schools, libraries, TTY devices, etc.

Resume fauxrage...:icon_cool
 

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Well, how the fuck else do you guys expect the Bilderberger's to track the poor?
 

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Resume fauxrage...:icon_cool
You guys crack me up with your little catch phrases and the abuse of the :icon_cool smilie.

It's not fake rage. People are getting sick of the waste in our government.

There may be good uses for this program and others but there is so much waste

in govt hand outs these days and all they want to do is add more and just tax the

working public more to support this shit. It's not "fauxrage". It's people getting tired

of the govt just giving away money with no care about where it's coming from.
 

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I blame John Wilkes Booth for biding his fucking time.