Grabbing attention over the past few days, especially on talk radio: coverage of the so-called ObamaPhone, including audio from a video of a happy user, notes Grumpy Editor.
While the regular phone user-funded program --- intended as a landline phone service for low-income Americans --- was created under the George W. Bush administration, it zooms ahead with cell phones in recent months under the Obama administration.
Yet, little is seen in print media about the bargain cell phones being widely dispensed.
Bloomberg News reports the current 12.5 million nationwide accounts via the program compares with 7.1 million four years ago.
In Ohio, for example, one of the biggest battleground states in this year’s election, the subsidized phone service nearly doubles this year to more than a million people.
See the video here of a happy Cleveland area cell phone (aka ObamaPhone) user.
“Keep Obama as president,” the woman proclaims on the video. “He gave us a phone.”
The video is drawing attention to the subsidized phone program as a national debate unfolds on entitlements and the growing percentage of Americans who pay no income taxes and get federal benefits.
And who pays for the service?
Take a look at your monthly phone bill. Among the higher “fees, surcharges and taxes” --- the Universal Service Fund surcharge goes toward footing the bill on "ObamaPhones."
The number of people eligible for the Lifeline service is estimated at between 20 million and 30 million, according to Universal Service Administrative Co., that administers the program.