Summary

1/4/2013--Introduced.Stop Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act of 2011 [sic] - Prohibits a provider of commercial mobile communications service from receiving universal service support under specified provisions of the... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Jan 4, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Date Introduced
Jan 4, 2013

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Bill Text

A BILL

To prohibit universal service support of commercial mobile service through the Lifeline program.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Stop Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act of 2011''.

SEC. 2. PROHIBITION ON LIFELINE SUPPORT FOR COMMERCIAL MOBILE SERVICE.

(a) In General.--A provider of commercial mobile service may not receive universal service support under sections 214(e) and 254 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 214(e); 254) for the provision of such service through the Lifeline program of the Federal Communications Commission. (b) Commercial Mobile Service Defined.--In this section, the term ``commercial mobile service'' has the meaning given such term in section 332(d)(1) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 332(d)(1)). <all>

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State: CA

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I support H.R. 176: Stop Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act of 2011 because... This massive socialist welfare machine is out of control. Responsible people are tired of paying for irresponsible people. Welfare as a limited time safety net is an acceptable idea and probably makes for a better society. The problem is that for most recipients, it is not a safety net, but a lifestyle. All this "help" the (tax payer funded) government provides to people actually creates a dis-incentive for people to work and make a better life for themselves. It is high time that PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY gets the focus of popular culture. Actions have consequences.

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MI
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CLINT_in_MI
MI-3
1 year ago

I support H.R. 176: Stop Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act of 2011 because this program is fraught with abuse, mismanagement, corruption, and misappropriation of tax payers dollars. It's a complete waste of our hard earned money and needs to be discontinued at once.

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NC
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jsshore
NC-4
1 year ago

I support H.R. 176: Stop Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act of 2011 because there is way too much give away by the government. Is a cell phone a necessity? I don't think so. Many people live their lives without a cell phone. Why should the government provide one to people that are already receiving some kind of government payment?

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KS
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james1943
KS-4
1 year ago

I support H.R. 176: Stop Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act of 2011 because...of abuse--I know a person who brags about losing phones & replacing on a monthly basis! total waste of taxpayer money! also, those phones should be restricted to emergency uses only!

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MN
4
MrsJeck
MN-4
1 year ago

I support H.R. 176: Stop Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act of 2011 because...Should of never been implemented in the first place their is so much fraud and I should not use my hard earn money to fund a cell phone for anyone except my family

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FL
19
kevintobey
FL-19
1 year ago

I support H.R. 176: Stop Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act of 2011 because... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2343377/I-dont-care-Hidden-camera-catches-wireless-company-employees-passing-Obama-phones-people-say-theyll-sell-drugs-shoes-handbags-spending-cash.html <--why is Carlos Slim the biggest beneficiary of TAXPAYER MONEY?

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NJ
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DameYankee
NJ-2
1 year ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.R. 176: Stop Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act of 2011 because this does not seem to be a federal concern and would be better handled at the state level. Or not at all.

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TX
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CrabcakeGirl
TX-24
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 176: Stop Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act of 2011 because Lifeline, the service in question, is not taxpayer funded. It's telecom funded. It's funded by a cross subsidy which means that telecom customers pay for it with their bill. But if if you want to do some research, go see if the amount tacked onto peoples bill is fair. Recently there was a big cut to its funding after they upgraded the process by which people are determined eligible for the program (it's a good thing). I'm not sure but it may be true that telecoms didn't lower the price appropriately. I really don't know why nobody is saying this. Anyway, H.R. 176 is built on a false premise. Oppose it.

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TN
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JosephValinor
TN-3
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 176: Stop Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act of 2011 because I think that it is important that charity is voluntary. Otherwise, it is just theft explicitly authorized by the law. It is very important for people to have charity. The best idea would be for a private, non-profit organization to handle providing cell phone and land line subsidies for low-income people. Non-profits almost always have lower overhead than government, so such an program would be more efficient and thus be able to help more people.

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OK
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bradley_pesicka
OK-3
2 years ago

Bill Summary

1/4/2013--Introduced.Stop Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act of 2011 [sic] - Prohibits a provider of commercial mobile communications service from receiving universal service support under specified provisions of the Communications Act of 1934 for the provision of such service through the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Lifeline program (a program that provides discounts on monthly telephone service to qualifying low-income consumers).

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