Free Cell Phone Is a Civil Right!

What amazing men the Founding Fathers were. They were so prescient that they included the right to a free cellphone in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights!
Abby W. Schachter reports for the New York Post, August 1, 2011, that as a result of a federal government program called the Universal Service Fund, Pennsylvanians on public assistance now have a new ‘civil right’ — free cell phones.
Through Assurance Wireless and SafeLink from Tracfone Wireless these folks get a handset and 250 minutes a month for free — all paid for by cellphone users like you and me.
How this scheme works is as follows:
The telecommunications companies like Verizon and AT&T are funding the Universal Service Fund to the tune of $4 billion a year because the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says they have to. In order to recoup their money, the companies turn around and hike their fees to paying customers.
Those of use paying for the free service for “the poor” should just suck it up.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski

The FCC, whose chairman Julius Genachowski is Obama’s ol’ law school classmate, says: Between 14 million and 24 million Americans lack access to broadband. “The goal of reform is to provide everyone with affordable voice and broadband.”
For his part, Gary Carter, manager of National Partnerships for Assurance Wireless, tells us the Universal Service Fund “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.
Assurance is a Lifeline Service Program powered by Virgin Mobile USA; A Division of Sprint. Assurance Wireless is free to eligible customers, offering a free phone and 250 minutes of nationwide wireless voice service each month.
The telecommunications companies aren’t happy about this and are trying to renegotiate the deal with the FCC.
I use one of those cheapo pre-paid cell phones with no doodads. How stupid of me. I can have one free! You can, too! Just send an e-mail to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski by going HERE.
You can also file a consumer’s complaint with the FCC here.
H/t beloved fellow Tina.

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Gee, silly me! And here I thought “free” meant “w/o cost”, but here it means “subsidised”! What a novel concept. Perhaps, as I’ve never bought or owned a new car or truck, and Heaven knows I need one, I can put in my application as a “below poverty level senior” for a free car or truck and look forward to getting one before I depart this earthly vale…. Do ya think?
Yo, Steve, please weigh in on this, as we’re in the same cohort!


Wow, y am I paying $146/mo for my iPhone? Silly girl…
Must get in on this deal…not!


I’ve heard about programs that give free, used cell phones to the homeless for emergency use that have been modified so only 911 or other emergency numbers can be dialed, but this new program is a bit much.


Can I have some piece of mind too? Please, lets create computer plus fast internet for free, cable tv for free, Starbucks coffee for free… we all deserve some piece of mind, don’t we?

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Once when I was walking on my lunch hour, a panhandler sitting at the entrance to a local mall with a “Broke and Homeless” cardboard sign was trying to catch my eye for a donation, but had to lower his hand in mid-gesture to ANSWER HIS CELL PHONE! When I saw that, you know I kept right on walking!