Share:

Tell Congress: Stop "Free" Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones!

Dead people don't just vote in elections, they also get "free" smart phones and free monthly minutes courtesy of the federal government and taxpayers.

“The president offers you free stuff, but his policies keep you poor. For those who are struggling, we want to you to have something infinitely more valuable than a free phone.” – Sen. Rand Paul, Tea Party Response to the State of the Union

Dead people don’t just vote in elections, they also get “free” smart phones and free monthly minutes courtesy of the federal government and taxpayers.

It’s shocking, but true. 

In fact, millions of individuals are receiving so-called “free” government phones and phone plans – though as many as 41% of the recipients can’t even prove that they are even eligible to receive them.

The program that was created during the Reagan administration to provide emergency land-line service for the poor and help them find jobs, Lifeline,  has now become a program full of fraud and waste, even Obama’s FCC admits to. 

“The FCC, itself, said in a recent year there were 270,000 beneficiaries that had more than one of these subsidized cell phones,” Senator Vitter says, “That's completely against the law right there.”

What’s worse is that all Americans who pay a phone bill are forced to contribute to this terrible government program.

Attached to every single phone bill is a charge for “Universal Service” which telecom companies collect and transfer the Universal Service Fund – the government fund that pays for Lifeline and its sister Link-up.  

The government must stop forcing the American people to finance this wasteful and immoral system – especially as individuals and lawmakers are lobbying for the program’s indefinite expansion, wanting to cover things like broadband internet. 

Relief provisions for the impoverished among us should be left to private organizations, charities, churches, and shelters – groups that are built to handle real needs and are voluntary. 

The government needs to be stopped from forcing every phone-bill-paying American to subsidize their failing program in the name of helping the needy. Lawmakers must fight to curtail and eliminate Lifeline altogether, and they can start cutting its “free” cell phone service.

Take Action and Demand Congress to PASS the “Stop Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act of 2013” and oppose all legislation that would expand Lifeline!

Public Comments
Apr 12th, 2014
jack s. from Peru, IN signed.
Apr 11th, 2014
JOHN S. from Bedford, MA signed.
Apr 11th, 2014
Judith C. from Calistoga, CA signed.
Apr 9th, 2014
THOMAS B. from Coal Township, PA signed.
Apr 9th, 2014
Someone from Marion, OH signed.
Apr 9th, 2014
Someone from Klamath Falls, OR signed.
Apr 8th, 2014
Ferdinand A. from Tarpon Springs, FL signed.
Apr 8th, 2014
Someone from Klamath Falls, OR signed.
Apr 5th, 2014
Wendy L. from Meridianville, AL signed.
Apr 3rd, 2014
Someone from Cincinnati, OH writes:
Quotation mark icon
They get enough free stuff if they can't afford food and housing for their kids they don't need a phone. A cellphone is a luxury not a necessity.
Apr 3rd, 2014
Someone from Cincinnati, OH writes:
Quotation mark icon
They get enough free stuff if they can't afford food and housing for their kids they don't need a phone. A cellphone is a luxury not a necessity.
Apr 3rd, 2014
Someone from Fort Myers, FL signed.
Apr 3rd, 2014
robert and belinda c. from Cleveland, TX signed.
Apr 2nd, 2014
Gilbert M. from Round Rock, TX signed.
Apr 1st, 2014
Gary B. from Vista, CA signed.
Mar 31st, 2014
Clarence & Judy C. from Hubert, NC signed.
Mar 29th, 2014
CJeanne D. from Rockford, IL signed.
Mar 29th, 2014
Someone from Klamath Falls, OR signed.
Mar 28th, 2014
paul f. from Anchorage, AK signed.
Mar 26th, 2014
Michael G. from Surprise, AZ signed.
Mar 26th, 2014
Donald & Sandra P. from San Saba, TX writes:
Quotation mark icon
This is a luxuary, not for us to pay for. If you can't afford it you don't need it.
Mar 25th, 2014
Harold R. from Blackshear, GA signed.
Mar 24th, 2014
Phil W. from Ashburnham, MA signed.
Mar 20th, 2014
Lisa G. from Goldendale, WA signed.
Mar 19th, 2014
Jack S. from Peru, IN signed.
Mar 18th, 2014
Someone from Klamath Falls, OR signed.
Mar 12th, 2014
Ray L. from Spring Hill, FL writes:
Quotation mark icon
Its not fair that I have to work my butt off, so that somebody can have everything that I work for but there stuff is all free.
Mar 12th, 2014
dana l. from Spring Hill, FL signed.
Mar 11th, 2014
THOMAS B. from Coal Township, PA signed.
Mar 7th, 2014
Cynthia G. from Conroe, TX writes:
Quotation mark icon
Congress gets a big enough salary, which they do very little for, that they can afford their own cell phones.
Mar 5th, 2014
Ray C. from Houston, TX signed.
Mar 5th, 2014
Someone from Oklahoma City, OK writes:
Quotation mark icon
I should not have to pay anyone's cell phone bill. Most person with government cell phones can afford and have 4-5 each. Let congress and president pay out of their salaries if they choice to give free phones.
Mar 4th, 2014
jerry r. from Big Bear City, CA signed.
Mar 4th, 2014
CJeanne D. from Rockford, IL signed.
Mar 3rd, 2014
diana h. from Keene, NH signed.
Mar 3rd, 2014
Harold R. from Blackshear, GA signed.
Mar 3rd, 2014
Doug G. from Escondido, CA signed.
Mar 3rd, 2014
Ann N. from Woodland, AL signed.
Mar 1st, 2014
ronald c. from Sheffield, AL signed.
Feb 26th, 2014
Harold R. from Blackshear, GA signed.