Skip to comments.1 million Ohioans using free phone program
Posted on 09/29/2012 1:02:57 PM PDT by yoe
A program that provides subsidized phone service to low-income individuals has nearly doubled in size in Ohio in the past year now covering more than a million people. At the same time, federal officials say theyre reining in waste, fraud and abuse in the program.
The Federal Communications Commission announced recently that reforms have saved $43 million since January and are expected to save $200 million by years end. In Ohio, savings are expected to be $2.9 million a year.
The savings were realized in part because the government gave out fewer cellphones to ineligible people and took steps to avoid issuing duplicate phones.
But the size of the program in the state and profits to the increasing number of cellphone companies involved has exploded in recent months, according to a Dayton Daily News analysis of program data.
The program in Ohio cost $26.9 million in the first quarter of 2012, the most recent data available, versus $15.6 million in the same timeframe in 2011. Compared to the first quarter of 2011, the number of people in the program nearly doubled to more than a million.
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This woman is not only stupid she should be the Poster Girl for American Public Education. Not a dime to Teachers UNIONS!
Ohio, America needs a real change - not another four years of this nonsense.
Before they tell me about eliminating ineligble recipients, perhaps someone can explain why anyone is eligble for a cell phone at my expense.
This woman has so many emergencies that 250 minutes per month aren’t enough?
Ohio is the lynchpin in the electoral map....game, set, match team Obama....brilliant move its over before the first is cast....
These are the doucebags that dial 911 when their pizza arrives cold.
I want my iPhone 6 too!
They haven’t “saved” any money. They’re just maybe pissing away a little less than they were.
Ummmm, did anyone else catch the bolding in her statement?
250 min a month and she uses it all up for emergencies..Good Lord how many emergencies is this chick having? First of all, using 911 on your cell phone is free, it doesn’t take up any amount of minutes so this lady is full of it..and this is what is wrong with our society today, you give these idiots free goodies and they beg for more
It’d be a heck of a lot cheaper to just mail a twenty dollar tracfone card with their welfare check once every quarter. Oh, wait, that’d require them to monitor their use of airtime like those “fools” that pay for a phone do.
In case anyone is curious as to how this gets paid for, check your phone bill. I have two charges on my bill (for three phones) one is for Oklahoma Universal Service ($1.65 per month, and one is for Federal Universal Service ($2.64 per month).
But more interesting to me is the extraordinary number of phones in Ohio. Ohio has roughly 3.7% of the US population, but they have a little over 6% of the program's free phones. Now I am sure that the difference there has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Ohio is a crucial battleground state.
So, just in case anyone has missed the point: If you have a cell phone that you pay for, you are buying votes for Obama.
Perhaps many a call to the pharmacist to be sure they have the “morning after pill” stocked??
Glad to see Ohio is the poster child for Socialism.
That makes sense..we all know that liberal women only care about one thing, getting free birth control and free abortions. Maybe some of those “emergency” calls are to Planned Parenthood
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