May 08, 2012
An increasing number of politicians are speaking out against the free government cell phones program and one of them has already introduced a bill into the United States Congress to outlaw the popular program. An expert on the program, FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net, warns low-income Americans to sign up for the program while they still can.
Arkansas Congressman Tim Griffin isn’t the only politician who wants to end the program, but he is the most prominent. He claims the program is so racked with abuse that it must be ended and has introduced a bill in Congress to do just that.
"Some people are getting two, three, four, 10, 20, 30, 40 cell phones." said Congressman Griffin. "It started costing in the millions and now we're close to a billion dollars a year."
Moves to outlaw the popular government program are spreading across the nation. A growing number of local lawmakers in other states have also advocated ending it.
But one expert says these efforts are an overreaction.
“No one’s more against fraud in the system than we are,” said Mark Henry, editor of FreeGovernmentCellPhone.net. “But let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater. If Congressman Griffin knows someone who’s abusing the program, let’s punish that person without punishing the honest Americans who really need it.”
“The politicians are never going to outlaw a program that’s this popular and this successful,” Henry continued. “But they may be able to slow down its growth.”
Comments by another politician, a supporter of the program, seem to reinforce Henry’s point of view. "The FCC needs to crack down on waste, fraud, and abuse within the system,” Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor said in a statement, “but we also need to ensure that those in need have access to affordable phone service in case of emergencies."
With that in mind, Henry has some advice for low income Americans who need the assistance provided by the Lifeline free government cell phone program.
“Sign up now if you’re eligible...The politicians may be able to slap more restrictions on the program and make it more difficult for you to qualify. So get your free government cell phone now, while you still can.”
About Lifeline: The Lifeline Assistance program offers low-income Americans a free cell phone and 250 free minutes per month, voicemail, call waiting, caller ID and emergency 911 access. Section 8 Housing or The National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Program (NSL). Even if you don’t participate in one of those programs, you can still qualify if your household income is low enough. The program is currently available in 38 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.
About FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net: FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net, the nation’s leading authority on the Lifeline Assistance program, offers low-income Americans comprehensive information on the program and helps thousands of them qualify for free government cell phones every month.
For inquiries or further information on the Lifeline internet and cell phone programs, contact:
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