The program is called Lifeline, established in 1984 DURING THE JIMMY CARTER ADMINISTRATION, originally created to subsidize landline phone service for low income Americans, funded by government-collected telecommunication fees, paid by consumers.<quoted text>It's actually a Bush phone as it was his administration that started giving cell phones away. Why not have your Republican House introduce a repeal this bill?
In 2008, the program was expanded to support cell phones which quickly escalated the cost of the program. In 2008 the program cost $772 million, but by 2011 it cost $1.6 billion.
A 2011 audit found that 269,000 wireless Lifeline subscribers were receiving free phones and monthly service from two or more carriers. Several websites have been created to promote “free” government cell phones, including the”The Obama Cell Phone” website at Obamaphone.net .