Geee Posted July 29, 2014 Share Posted July 29, 2014 Watchdog.org: WASHINGTON, D.C. — A top federal regulator wants the Federal Communications Commission to rein in the so-called “Obamaphone” program. FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai told an audience of right-leaning tech policy advocates Monday morning during an event organized by the nonprofit organization Citizens Against Government Waste that he wanted to reform the Lifeline program. Lifeline was first created in the 1980s, but now is fraught with waste, fraud, abuse by telecom industry members and consumers alike. The Lifeline program is part of the congressionally mandated Universal Service Fund, intended to help carriers subsidize phone service for low-income people. Wireless carriers participating in the program receive $9.95 per month for each qualifying subscriber, and $34.25 if the subscriber lives in tribal lands. According to the FCC’s rules, only one Lifeline phone is allowed per qualifying customer. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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