SAN ANTONIO - California is the latest state to add the option for its residents to have access to a federal program where they can get free cell phones. It's helpful to low income families, and offers them ways to get a job and the ability to call for help if they need to. It comes at a cost, though, to you. Not by way of a tax hike, but the folks at the Washington Guardian say it's as good as a tax.
Texans have access along with people in dozens of other states. Millions of Americans qualify for the program. The money comes from the Universal Service Fund, which collects it from your phone bills. You've probably see the fee on your phone bills. It's called a user fee, but here's what John Solomon with the Washington Guardian has to say about it:
"For the advocates of this, cell phones could be a tool to help people find jobs. It's a tool that can help the homeless or poor people stay in touch with their families - ensure their safety, but the cost of the figure is like a tax. It's coming out of your bottom pocket, our pocketbooks."
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