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1 million Ohioans using free phone program
Dayton Daily News ^ | September 2012 | Josh Sweigart

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 they’re 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 year’s 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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To: newheart
But the Mittbots are impure Fur Shur ~ no way you can avoid that Obamugabe taint ~ he's got his peeps everywhere ~ which could have been stopped if the Republicans had eliminated that special universal phone tax when they had control of the presidency, house and senate.

This is why we need real Conservatives at the top ~ they instinctively sniff out these taxes and crush them. You can't count on MIttbots or other GOP-e to do that, so there you have it, Obamugabe bought a million votes in Ohio with their money.

51 posted on 09/29/2012 2:54:31 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: SkyPilot

She’s also getting paid $11 an hour by the SEIU!


52 posted on 09/29/2012 2:59:16 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a Barack 0b0tt0my!)
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To: madison10
Bribes.

It's more than bribes. How many GOTV calls to these phones do you think the Obama campaign will make in the runup to election day? Also, don't forget someone is providing the cell service. Who do you think got that contract? Maybe an Obama donator?

53 posted on 09/29/2012 3:02:53 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: yoe

If Obama were to win, do these people think they the phone service would continue? The phones will shut down the minute he no longer needs them.


54 posted on 09/29/2012 3:45:36 PM PDT by lwoodham (I am Andrew Breitbart. Don't doubt me on this.)
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To: newheart

I already know this. So I have purchased a “Pay as You Go” Phone plan. I only pay $50 per month plus tax. For unlimited voice/text and data at 4g speeds up until 100meg.


55 posted on 09/29/2012 4:18:25 PM PDT by ktw (72 ID, Finally Retired after 25 years!)
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To: yoe

THEY CAUSE CANCER!!!!! IT’S A DEMOCRAT TRAP!!!!! THROW THEM AWAY!!!!!


56 posted on 09/29/2012 4:32:44 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

With the gain of the antenna, 2 Watts to the brain is probably the theoretical peak legal limit, depending on distance from the cell tower and how shielded you are (in a basement or behind a building) and how much you talk-vs-listen. Go for it you sweet-talkin’ Obamacons....I’ll bet you’re hopin’ they’re not those cheap, out-of-spec, phones too.


57 posted on 09/29/2012 6:37:18 PM PDT by Scooter100 ("Now that the fog has lifted, I still can't find my pipe". --- S. Holmes)
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To: ADemocratNoMore; Akron Al; arbee4bush; agrace; ATOMIC_PUNK; Badeye; Bikers4Bush; BlindedByTruth; ...

Ohio Ping!
To be added to the Ohio Ping List, please freepmail,
(the three of us) Flutters, Whenifhow, and LasVegasDave.


58 posted on 09/30/2012 1:59:11 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave (".....All 57 states (or is it 58?) must stand together and defeat O'bozo!.....")
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To: yoe
...federal officials say they’re reining in waste, fraud and abuse in the program.

The whole program is waste, fraud, and abuse. It's nothing but a vote-buying scheme like most other welfare programs.

59 posted on 09/30/2012 2:52:06 AM PDT by meyer (It's 1860 all over again - the taxpayer is the new "N" word)
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