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These Obamaphones are costing over two billion dollars a year. It is estimated that over half of the six million recipients are ineligible for the program. This is based on over half of the recipients not returning their proof of certification. If you are not getting your phone through this program, you are charged $2.50 per month on your bill to support the program. Thanks again Zero.
 

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Another well-run program without proper supervision. And you, the paying customer, are paying the tax; i.e., Universal Service Charge, on your cell phone and land line monthly bill. The government solicits people to sign up just like food stamps. No one has the balls in Congress to take on these abuses. Maybe the dictionary should remove the word "leader" since we seem not to have any. And, these people want to run your healthcare??? BT100dc
 

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Since 1885 the Lifeline program has provided a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that phone service brings, including being able to connect to jobs, family and emergency services. In 2005, Lifeline discounts were made available to qualifying low-income consumers on pre-paid wireless service plans in addition to traditional landline service. Lifeline is part of the Universal Service Fund.

Who started hs horrible waste of money?

And who amped it up?
 

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All telecommunications service providers and certain other providers of telecommunications must contribute to the federal USF based on a percentage of their end-user telecommunications revenues. These companies include wireline telephone companies, wireless telephone companies, and certain Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers.

Some consumers may notice a “Universal Service” line item on their telephone bills. This line item appears when a company chooses to recover its USF contributions directly from its customers by billing them this charge. The FCC does not require this charge to be passed on to customers. Each company makes a business decision about whether and how to assess charges to recover its Universal Service costs.

The companies can choose not to pass on the fee to consumers, who writes these laws?
 

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Helping by providing home based landline service for basic needs is one thing, putting cell phones in the pockets of those who can't pay is another. Same as I must go in the "Pool" while the public servants are exempt and provided better. Jake
 

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Only a fool would believe that all government regulation costs are not paid for in full by the consumer. The phrase that states that companies may "choose" to pass it on or not is fantasy. All businesses pay their expenses with the income that their customers pay. More liberal double talk. I for one would love to know who added that language to this law.
 

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Liberals believe taxes and regulation fees are "free money", that businesses can afford to keep paying more, and won't pass on the costs to customers.

Apparently liberals flunked Economics 101.
 
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