Welfare programs are designed to help people, TEMPORARILY, who are down on their luck. It was intended to provide only necessities. It doesn’t matter that we are in a technologically advanced age, WiFi and cell phones are not necessities. Period.
By Sean Moran
A Republican FCC hopes to revamp the infamous “Obamaphone” program to provide low-income Americans phone and internet service.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai already put the program, known as Lifeline, under review. He revoked nine providers from participating the program, saying that they need further review.
Chairman Ajit Pai and Republicans in Congress argue that the program needs reform, including setting a limited budget of $1.5 billion to cut waste and abuse within the program. Pai said, “A budget induces careful spending.”
Previous bills in Congress have capped the budget at $1.5 billion.
Pai and fellow Republican FCC Commissioner Michael O’Reilly support the idea. House Energy and Commerce telecommunications subcommittee Chairwoman Marsha Blackburn wrote in an op-ed with O’Reilly, “The program must be better targeted to eligible low-income individuals who would not otherwise sign up for service.”