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Washington Footing the Cell Phone Bill for Millions of Low Income Americans – Yahoo! News

by on February 9, 2012

Free cell phones for poor people? I might actually punch in the face the jackass who thought this up. The program is embezzling over ONE BILLION DOLLARS of taxpayer money a year to fund the scheme.

Last year, a federal program paid out $1.6 billion to cover free cell phones and the monthly bills of 12.5 million wireless accounts. The program, overseen by the FCC and intended to help low-income Americans, is popular for obvious reasons, with participation rising steeply since 2008, when the government paid $772 million for phones and monthly bills. But observers complain that the program suffers from poor oversight, in which phones go to people who don’t qualify, and hundreds of thousands of those who do qualify have more than one phone.

http://news.yahoo.com/washington-footing-cell-phone-bill-millions-low-income-202500656.html

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