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08-04-2011 06:17 AM  6 years agoPost 1
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Free cell phones are now a civil right

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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08-04-2011 06:47 AM  6 years agoPost 2
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saw that today.

that's hardcore.

and they vote.

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08-04-2011 11:12 AM  6 years agoPost 3
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Thank You Obummer.

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08-04-2011 12:51 PM  6 years agoPost 4
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I say that we should declare this a sanctuary country so that we can ignore all of the laws and regulations comming out of DC!

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!

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08-04-2011 03:41 PM  6 years agoPost 5
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They get them in Florida for free too.

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08-04-2011 07:31 PM  6 years agoPost 6
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it is a right to have peace of mind
I am going to use this line when they talk about taking my guns. My Smith & Wesson provides me with more peace of mind than I know what to do with.

Steve

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08-04-2011 07:33 PM  6 years agoPost 7
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I am going to use this line when they talk about taking my guns. My Smith & Wesson provides me with more peace of mind than I know what to do with.
Yeah, me to.

But, I can't get the government to give me one for free.

Dang.

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08-04-2011 11:09 PM  6 years agoPost 8
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08-05-2011 04:27 AM  6 years agoPost 9
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Only the people on Either Social Security, or SSI, Medicaid, Food Stamps can get one. And only one, if for any reason it gets lost, or stolen your SOL, they cut it off and you can't get another.

And their is three options.

64 mininutes per month .10 Text M
150 with .25 cent Text M
200 min per month Does not roll over. Text Not sure.

Your palls in W-DC spend more money than this in limo rids Dennis. Grip about that. Gold tolit seats, and cruises, and jet plane rights for the whole family to a resort for a week or two.

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08-05-2011 04:41 AM  6 years agoPost 10
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Only the people on Either Social Security, or SSI, Medicaid, Food Stamps can get one. And only one, if for any reason it gets lost, or stolen your SOL, they cut it off and you can't get another.

And their is three options.

64 mininutes per month .10 Text M
150 with .25 cent Text M
200 min per month Does not roll over. Text Not sure.

Your palls in W-DC spend more money than this in limo rids Dennis. Grip about that. Gold tolit seats, and cruises, and jet plane rights for the whole family to a resort for a week or two.
I would not support either.

Is there any reason you would think I would would?

You know. I'm retired and collecting on my SSI that I paid into my entire life. My employers matched my contribution as well until I was self employed. Then, I paid full share for almost 10 years myself. There is no way I want to get a free cell phone from the government. Why do you suppose that is?

How much do you suppose the tax payer is billed for the Obummer's birthday party jaunt in Chicago today?

$1 million? $2 million? $3 million?

Thats a lot of cell phones for the poor folk.

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