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FCC Commissioner: Told to Keep Quiet on Obamaphone Fraud

Remember the Obamaphone, technically the Lifeline program, which subsidizes mobile service for low-income Americans? FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai is now speaking out about how he and other commissioners were told to keep quiet about a massive fraud investigation involving the program until the day after a controversial vote to expand the program. “On March 31st, Continue Reading

Fraud-plagued cellphone giveaway program expanded

The Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline program, intended to offer low-income people access to basic telephone services, has become notorious for its waste, fraud, abuse and lack of strategic planning and oversight. So, naturally, the FCC recently voted 3-2 to expand the program to provide subsidized broadband service. Though the Lifeline program was established by the Continue Reading

The growing social costs of welfare and entitlement fraud

Income inequality seems to be all the rage today. But left unsaid is the growing social costs of welfare and entitlement fraud. According to the U.S. government’s own estimates, 5.2 percent ($98.7 billion) of its social program payments are “improper”, meaning that the payment went to the wrong person, the payment amount was incorrect, there Continue Reading

The Waste, Fraud and Abuse of Obamaphone Continues

The Lifeline phone program, often referred to as Obamaphone continues with an ever-increasing cost. In four short years it has soared from $819 million to $2.2 billion. The program was begun in 1984 to ensure that poor people aren’t cut off from jobs, families and emergency services due to inability to pay for phone service. It’s Continue Reading

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