Just a little Obama redistribution of all those cell phone minutes. And of course, the cost for the free phones and their subsequent usage is being footed by all those other sucker cell phone users who actually pay for such services.
This giveaway is called the Lifeline Program and supposedly allows the low-income ‘poor’ access to a phone 24/7 for emergency purposes. With 4 hours of free minutes a month provided with each phone, I think we can safely take a giant leap here and proclaim that 911 ain’t on the speed dial.
The program in Ohio alone cost $26.9 million in the first quarter of 2012, the most recent data available, versus $15.6 million in the same time frame in 2011. Compared to the first quarter of 2011, the number of people in the program nearly doubled to more than a million.
Growth could cost everyone who owns a phone. The program is funded through the “Universal Service Fund” charge on phone bills — usually a dollar or two per bill — and the amount of the fee is determined by the cost of this and other programs. Dayton Daily News