OBAMA Phones - Taxpayer Scam Lets Companies Get Rich

Obama Phones: taxpayer Scam?

Obama Phone Is a Taxpayer Scam?  Cellphone Companies Get Rich?

The “Stop Taxpayer Funded Cellphone Act of 2011″ seeks to stop abuses of the “government Lifeline” program enacted by Reagan decades ago.  This program was initially enacted to help provide emergency phone access in rural areas but is now enabling private cell phone companies to make millions of dollars promoting “free Obama phones” to millions of people.

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The 2011 “Stop Taxpayer Funded Cellphone Act of 2011″ from Rep. Tim Griffin of Arkansas (H.R. 3481) is a bill that would :

“prohibit universal service support of commercial mobile service through the Lifeline program."

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
This Act may be cited as the ‘Stop Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act of 2011’.
(a) In General- A provider of commercial mobile service may not receive universal service support under sections 214(e) and 254 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 214(e); 254) for the provision of such service through the Lifeline program of the Federal Communications Commission.
(b) Commercial Mobile Service Defined- In this section, the term ‘commercial mobile service’ has the meaning given such term in section 332(d)(1) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 332(d)(1)).Comments
Introduced last November  2011 by Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), the Stop Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act of 2011, has three co-sponsors, Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.), Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.) and Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.). Right now, the bill is in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

It is possible that you will soon see an additional charge on your Internet service bill, not just your phone bill where phone customer pay a “UTC” surcharge to pay for the Lifeline Program. Currently, the government is thinking of providing free wireless Internet service to the people under this program instead of [providing] old-fashioned land phones. According to FCC documents the subsidy is already in place; and when combined, these programs are expected to cost Internet/phone subscribers $2.4 billion this year alone.

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