Taxpayers funding more than $1B in free cellphones

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    Taxpayers funding more than $1B in free cellphones | Washington Free Beacon
     
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    Taxpayers? The government funding this?

    Sounded like people paying for phone service is funding this.

    Not that I agree with it or anything.


    Life did exist before cell phones or even landline phones.
     
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    Mandated by the federal government
     
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    by a law passed by congress to be more exact.

    Did anyone you voted for vote for it?
     
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    buckeye45_73 Lakhota's my *****

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    Another program that needs to die.
     
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    Umm...Passed by congress signed by the president...Thats the federal governement right? Doesn't matter which congress or what president
     
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    btw this is not new it is based on a decades old law.

    The users are not the only ones receiving government assistance. Telecommunications industry analysts said the program, while in its infancy, could benefit mobile phone carriers, who face a steep challenge of their own: most Americans already own a cellphone, so the poor represent a last untapped market.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/15/technology/15cell.html

    Driven by capitalism and profits. Who woulda thunk it? :)
     
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    I know two people who are getting 3 free phones each. The minutes weren't enough for them, so they called three different companies and got the free phones. Wonder how many others are double or triple dipping from different companies so they can get more minutes or more phones so other family members get one.

    The one guy I know who bragged about getting three of them had his own cell plan for the last ten years and had no trouble paying for it. Same with a neighbor who had a family cell plan for years. Once the freebies were offered, of course no one is going to pay for their own if they can get away with it. It's not that they couldn't afford them before. Why are we doing this?

    And I notice that a person needs an ID to get the free phones. Oh my, where is the outrage from the left at how the minorities are getting cheated out of free phones because they cannot obtain a legal ID?
     
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    an ID...those are waaaaaaaaaaay too hard to get, it's just unfair. They should take the people at their word, Franco would.
     
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    Why are they doing this? Becuase they can and the wireless companys encourage it because they make money from the program.
     

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