June 15, 2009

Providing Cellphones for the Poor

15cell01-600.jpg A growing number of low-income Americans benefiting from a new wrinkle to a decades-old federal law that provided them with subsidized landline telephone service. The New York Times reports.

quotemarksright.jpgIn a twist, wireless carriers are receiving subsidies to provide people in need with a phone and typically 68 minutes of talk time each month. It is a form of wireless welfare that puts a societal stamp on the central role played by the mobile device.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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