8/03/2011

From Selma Alabama to AT&T - The New Civil Right

Posted by Brian
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.-- and a free taxpayer funded cell phone.
Declaration of Independence circa 2011

I'm sure that Martin Luther King Jr. is rolling in his grave knowing that his famous words from the "I Have A Dream" speech have been bastardized to mean this:
 "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, cell phones are free at last!"

Free Cell Phones Are Now A Civil Right

Pennsylvanians on public assistance now have a new 'civil right' -- free cell phones. Meanwhile, the rest of us get to pay higher cell bills as a result.



Your Tax Dollars At Work
 Recently, a federal government program called the Universal Service Fund came to the Keystone State and some residents are thrilled because it means they can enjoy 250 minutes a month and a handset for free, just because they don't have the money to pay for it. Through Assurance Wireless and SafeLink from Tracfone Wireless these folks get to reach out and touch someone while the cost of their service is paid for by everyone else. You see, the telecommunications companies are funding the Universal Service Fund to the tune of $4 billion a year because the feds said they have to and in order to recoup their money, the companies turn around and hike their fees to paying customers. But those of use paying for the free service for the poor, should be happy about this infuriating situation, says Gary Carter, manager of national partnerships for Assurance, because "the program is about peace of mind." Free cell service means "one less bill that someone has to pay, so they can pay their rent or for day care...it is a right to have peace of mind," Cater explained.
Read more at The New York Post
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