A $4 billion federal program, the Universal Service Fund, provides 250 free minutes a month of cell phone service to those who can’t afford it. According to the FCC, “The goal of reform is to provide everyone with affordable voice and broadband”. If the goal was only to provide “access”, it would be admirable. Establishing another entitlement is outside the goal of the FCC and an unnecessary economical burden. Allowing entitlements such as this to remain while forcing cuts to the defense budget is not in the best interests of the country. Of course, it is highly questionable if the best interests of the country are still on the table in Washington.
From the NY Post via Drudge
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.
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.
Read about it here: Free Cell Phones