Mark Kerans laments that our tax dollars are providing free phones to welfare recipients. But it appears Kerans didn’t do the research he admonished the rest of us to do.
Low-income households have been eligible for discounted telephone service for more than a decade. But the program (SafeLink) is funded by telecom companies, not by taxes.
It is funded through the Universal Service Fund, which is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Co., an independent, not-for-profit corporation set up by the Federal Communications Commission.
The USF is sustained by contributions from telecommunications companies. Some companies may charge customers a universal service fee to fund their contributions to the program.
One need only to go to factcheck.org to find a complete description of the program, its history and its funding sources.