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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
Feb 26th, 2014
JAMIE L. from Bastrop, LA writes:
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THIS IS PLUM STUPID PAYING FOR PEOPLE A FREE PHONE.IT NEEDS TO STOP !!! MORE WASTED MONEY BEING SPENT
Feb 24th, 2014
Donald G. from Marysville, KS signed.
Feb 22nd, 2014
PATRICK C. from Austin, TX signed.
Feb 20th, 2014
Someone from Goldsboro, NC signed.
Feb 20th, 2014
Pamela S. from Arab, AL writes:
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They draw enough WELFARE to afford to buy a phone
Feb 18th, 2014
THOMAS B. from Coal Township, PA signed.
Feb 16th, 2014
Someone from Loretto, TN signed.
Feb 15th, 2014
robert m. from Charleston, WV signed.
Feb 14th, 2014
Philip M. from Konawa, OK writes:
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Please stop Obama and all the corruption!!
Feb 12th, 2014
Francis H. from Georgetown, SC signed.
Feb 10th, 2014
William R. from Palm Coast, FL signed.
Feb 10th, 2014
Someone from Cullman, AL signed.
Feb 6th, 2014
Lisa G. from Goldendale, WA signed.
Feb 3rd, 2014
Gilbert M. from Round Rock, TX signed.
Feb 3rd, 2014
James C. from Irving, TX signed.
Feb 3rd, 2014
PETER W. from Franklin, NC signed.
Feb 1st, 2014
Rickey O. from Springtown, TX signed.
Jan 31st, 2014
Thomas J. from Arnaudville, LA signed.
Jan 31st, 2014
Francis H. from Georgetown, SC signed.
Jan 31st, 2014
jamie l. from Bastrop, LA signed.
Jan 31st, 2014
Connor D. from Hammond, IN signed.
Jan 27th, 2014
Joyce M. from Fort Worth, TX signed.
Jan 27th, 2014
Someone from San Antonio, TX writes:
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The ONLY free cell phones ever given out SHOULD be blocked to ONLY allow calling 911 .
Jan 24th, 2014
thomas k. from Staten Island, NY writes:
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i pay for my cell phone and so should everyone else.i only have 250 minutes per month.
Jan 24th, 2014
Walter V. from Spring Hill, TN signed.
Jan 23rd, 2014
Ron A. from Delta, CO signed.
Jan 21st, 2014
Someone from Klamath Falls, OR signed.
Jan 18th, 2014
Someone from Rochester, NY signed.
Jan 18th, 2014
ROBERT B. from Nashua, NH signed.
Jan 18th, 2014
Donald & Sandra P. from San Saba, TX writes:
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This is a luxuary not a necessity. Work and pay for your own. Stop being Nannies!! It is not your job.
Jan 17th, 2014
Doyle & Kathy D. from Conway, AR signed.
Jan 17th, 2014
Someone from Ridgecrest, CA signed.
Jan 17th, 2014
marie d. from Lucas, OH signed.
Jan 16th, 2014
marina v. from Kingwood, TX signed.
Jan 16th, 2014
Jeannie T. from Wilmer, AL writes:
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Free cell phones is a gross waste of taxpayer money.
Jan 16th, 2014
ader p. from Thief River Falls, MN signed.
Jan 14th, 2014
E. L. L. from Stevens, PA signed.
Jan 13th, 2014
Liz J. from Madison, WI signed.
Jan 11th, 2014
Joyce M. from Fort Worth, TX writes:
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I know too many people that are abusing this and they are not homeless or poor or in need of gov assistance. Waste of taxpayer money.
Jan 11th, 2014
Robert G. from West Mifflin, PA signed.