Free Cell Phones to Those Who are Abusing the System
Do you know that, if you have a cell phone, you’re also paying for free cell phones for the leeches of society?
Well, you are. That “Universal Connectivity Fee” or “Universal Service Charge” (or one of the other variations in wording) that’s listed on your phone bill is the government’s way of forcing you to do exactly that.
On its website, the FCC explains the Universal Connectivity Fee like this:
Because telephones provide a vital link to emergency services, to government services and to surrounding communities, it has been our nation’s policy to promote telephone service to all households since this service began in the 1930s. The USF helps to make phone service affordable and available to all Americans, including consumers with low incomes, those living in areas where the costs of providing telephone service is high, schools and libraries and rural health care providers. Congress has mandated that all telephone companies providing interstate service must contribute to the USF. Although not required to do so by the government, many carriers choose to pass their contribution costs on to their customers in the form of a line item, often called the “Federal Universal Service Fee” or “Universal Connectivity Fee”.
Now I would assume that the intended purpose of this is to make sure that low-income people, who can’t afford a phone, receive one for the primary reason of being able to get help in case of an emergency.
That’s really just my take on it, but it would make sense. If the phones were being distributed for that purpose and to those who legitimately need them, I wouldn’t have a problem with it.
However, that is NOT how the phones are being distributed.
Just like every other government-funded program designed to help those in need, this one is being seriously abused.
Here is a news story from Baltimore about just one case of this abuse. It should make you angry to know you’re paying to put 30 cell phones into the hands of people like this.
Don’t you love that the government is making you contribute your hard-earned money to programs like this so that lazy people can get a free handout?
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