Now It’s The Free Government Internet Scam

Now It's The Free Government Internet Scam

You work hard, pay your bills on time, try to raise your kids to know right from wrong, and if you’re lucky you can even stash a few bucks in the bank every month.

What the hell is wrong with you? This is not the way to get ahead in the America of 2012.

Remember that free government cell phones scam we wrote about last year? Well, it turns out people loved that freebie so much, the Federal Communications Commission has now approved cheap internet for the downtrodden, the deadbeats and the drug dealers.

Please allow us to repeat that in case you have been stricken catatonic by the mere thought of another government freebie:

The FCC just approved an extension of the free government cell phone program that will offers cheap, high-speed broadband internet service to the downtrodden, the deadbeats and the drug dealers.

Yes, the same high speed broadband for which you have to pay $49 or $69 or more per month, is now being offered to society’s losers for just $9.95 per month.

The curse of the FCC: Internet Basics and Internet Essentials

Be happy -– very happy –- if you never need to get the approval of the Federal Communications Commission.

Comcast, a company better known for its cable TV business, is entering the cheap internet fray with a program called Internet Essentials. CenturyLink, one of the nation’s largest phone companies, it offering its version of cheap broadband and calling it Internet Basics.

But whatever you do, don’t make the mistake of assuming that either company wanted to give away internet access for almost nothing. No, they were both strong-armed into the cheap internet business by the Federal Communications Commission.

When Comcast wanted to acquire NBC and when CenturyLink wanted to acquire Qwest, the FCC said no-go unless you agree to “increase broadband deployment in low income households.”

In other words, we’re going to hold up two reasonable corporate acquisitions that will benefit all four companies’ customers unless you agree to governmental blackmail.

So what, exactly, did they agree to give away?

Both programs offer high-speed Internet for just $9.95 a month plus a personal computer for just $150. (Yes, a mere $150 for something suckers like us pay much more for.) The programs also offer free or nearly free computer instruction classes and tech support.

Holy freakin’ moly. These are your tax dollars.

Coming soon: Connect to Compete and Lifeline Internet

Ahhh, you’re probably thinking, those are two unique situations that will only apply to a few people. Wrong. This is the government we’re talking about.

Other companies have seen the writing on the wall and have begun their own programs before the FCC forces them to participate.

One program, Connect To Compete, is a combination of private companies and non-profit organizations such as Cablevision, Charter, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable, Bend Cable, Bright House Networks, Eagle Communications, GCI, Insight, Mediacom, Midcontinent, Sjoberg’s Cable and Suddenlink.

And on the last day of January, 2012, the FCC extended its controlling tentacles just a little further by introducing a new program called Lifeline Internet that will offer deeply discounted internet service. It’s the evil offspring of the Lifeline free government cell phone program and will supposedly be funded by savings that result from an FCC crackdown on fraud in the cell phone program.

We’ve tried to remember a case of the government saving money by finding and prosecuting fraud in one of its bloated programs, but our memories fail.

Lord, give us strength.

All these government-mandated cheap and free internet services are similar. They each offer similar cheap high-speed broadband internet service for just $9.95 per month, ultra-cheap home computers, classes, the whole shebang.

And to no one’s surprise, you don’t qualify. Forget it. These programs were not designed for responsible, hard-working people.

What does it take to qualify for these freebies?

If you’re downtrodden, a deadbeat or a drug dealer, qualifying is a piece of cake.

You are eligible for Comcast’s Internet Essentials and Connect To Compete if you (1) have at least one student enrolled in the Free School Lunch Program; (2) if you’re not a current
 subscriber to broadband (or have subscribed in the last 90 days); and (3) if you don’t have an overdue bill or if you’re not holding on to any unreturned equipment that belongs to the participating service provider.

You’ll be eligible for CenturyLink’s Internet Basics and Lifeline Internet if you also participate in other government giveaways (such as food stamps (SNAP), public housing assistance, Medicaid, Section 8 housing, Supplemental Security Income, various Home Energy Assistance Programs, National School Lunch and other programs.

In most states you can also qualify if your household income is no more than 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. (It’s 150% in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas.)

Bend over and relax. This won’t hurt a bit

There’s no doubt in our mind that the bureaucrats will soon say it’s unfair to charge the poor for Internet service. “IT MUST BE FREE!”

You know it’s coming. We know it’s coming. Anyone with half a brain knows it’s coming.

We can hear the plaintive bleating of the government sheep now, “It’s not fair that we give them free government cell phones, but expect them to pay for cheap Internet service. It should all be free.”

Free to them, that is. Not so free for you because you’re not only paying for your own internet access, you’re paying for their’s.

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13 comments
AnonymousWoman
AnonymousWoman

and there are no assistance programs for utilities except energy assistance IF you can get on it. Something is f----- seriously wrong with you that you have to put down people who are on assistance. You are the kind of asshole who would put old people out on the street because you are a selfish self centered JERK. You probably voted for trump too who wants to do the same. I hope to GOD that someday soon you find your self without a job and you see what its like to not have anything or anyplace to live. You need to grow up and get a life.

710devin
710devin

Wow. AnonymousWoman, there are too assistance programs for almost all utilities, if not multiple. Maybe you should use that free internet to research and access them.


Keep writing opinionated, uneducated articles like this one, and you'll be one of those awful people who sign up for government assistance. Let's see you turn down free internet when nobodies pays you for your one sided criticism any longer. 

Douche bag.


AnonymousWoman
AnonymousWoman

@710devin fuck you you piece of shit. some people like myself cant work. i am a 55 yr old senior and  if you cant handle that then keep your selfish self centered bs to yourself. asshole.  call me a douche bag again faggot.

AnonymousWoman
AnonymousWoman



AND RIGHT NOW IT IS VERY COLD IN MY HOUSE BECAUSE I CANT EVEN TURN ON THE HEATER IN MY HOUSE BECAUSE I CANT AFFORD TO. THERE IS NO ENERGY ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE YET FOR THE STATE OF WA. IF I TURN THE HEATER ON, THE ELECTRIC WILL GET SHUT OFF BECAUSE IT WILL GO UP SO HIGH I WONT BE ABLE TO PAY IT.  I SWEAR I CANT WIN FOR LOSING.

TabloidJunkie
TabloidJunkie

Please do yourself a favor and think before you write an article grouping poorer people with drug addicts and drug dealers. It is very important for you to understand that not everyone is a deadbeat that is on welfare. Most of those people are struggling to keep the roof that they have over their heads and need extra help buying food, heating their homes, having a phone in that home, and finally feeding their children while that child is at school.

A lot of people on welfare do not want to be on welfare. They want to get a job and get on with their lives. But it is very difficult in this day and age to do so without the internet. 99% of jobs ask you to go to their website to fill out an application. How do you suppose they do that without internet access? Sure, they can go to the library and use their computer. But for only a certain amount of time. What are they supposed to do if they can't get to their local library for whatever reason? With this program, their children can do homework. The parent(s) can look for jobs. And then better themselves so they can reach their goal of getting off of welfare.

I agree with the other poster that said that you need to do your homework before you try and write an article. Because you obviously know nothing of the daily struggles of a good number of people living in this country.

yaquigrl
yaquigrl

i am appalled at the writer of this article. My grandson received the internet essential laptop and internet services because of hardships their family encountered. Most of the kids in his school had their own Macs and laptops were needed in order to do homework etc. If it had not been for this program, my grandson would have not been able to do his work while at home and would need to use his lunchtime to use a school computer. He received a quite outdated laptop, BUT if was sufficient for what he needed to do. He is an A student. Just because a kid is poor, does not mean that they are not smart or are from drug dealing, drunken family. He just needed some very basic help in order to compete with the kids who came from homes that were better off financially.  

avbesh
avbesh

Who do you think you are??? It sickens me that your writing this article because obviously your to ignorant to understand the circumstances and hardships of real people. I take it you gave never had a real problem in your life and look down upon people that do face major hardships! You would be surprised by these people that you belittle in your negative words above. These hardships they face make them stronger and better people...much more then I could say for you. You refer to the less fortunate as "deadbeats and drug dealers" bc they can receive internet access for $9.95 a month...really? Please before you decide to try to write an article. do some research ! That way you know what your talking about and you don't misinform others. Otherwise, please keep your opinions to yourself ...because you need a HUGE reality check. I have never commented on an article before but this one really upset me. This program can and has helped these families help themselves! It's impossible for children to do well in school without a computer or internet access in the home in this day and age. How is it affecting you by the less fortunate getting a little help? It doesn't! People wonder why we are so far behind in education compared to other countries it's partly due to people like you blabbering negativity and misinformation...and trying to make people believe your bs. We need to help our own in order to help ourselves as a whole. Whoever doesn't understand that (you) needs to get an education and grow a heart.

TabloidJunkie
TabloidJunkie

I totally agree with you! Please don't forget that it is VERY difficult if not impossible to apply for jobs without internet access also! To be honest, I really miss the face-to-face interviews and written applications. To me, it makes it more personal. But that is besides the point. This writer has absolutely no idea what he is talking about! Most of the people that have recived or do receive help from the government are just struggling good people. Yes, some of them may take advantage, but most of them really truly need the help! I am very happy that the government is helping the people that can't afford internet service have a way to be able to use the Internet. As everyone said, you pretty much can't do anything without internet access these days. When I forgot to pay my internet bill, and they shut it off for a few days until I had the money to get it turned on, my kids had incomplete homework. They had to log onto Google Classroom to be able to get their homework for that day. So they had a problem for a couple days. What are the people that 1) Can't afford a computer, and 2) Can't afford internet access supposed to do? Fail? Or give up their lunchtimes? No! They should be able to do what everyone else can do. Even if it means to have it a cheaper price.

Freedomfreedom
Freedomfreedom

What if that we are very poor barely maki g it by and is is the only way we can get these things I wish I could afford to pay full price so it hurts when you say it is for drug users etc I am a single mom who's husband passes away serving this country for 15 years we only get 225 from his pension I work 2 jobs and still don't make it so I am super grateful for these programs I can't afford cable so my kids watch cartoons on the Internet and I can't afford a cell phone and I am grateful for the goverment one my son got extremely I'll and was Able to reach my mom I have no house phone can't afford it so we share our cell phone. There are some people who need a helping hand and I am grateful for it so don't bash everyone omit because everyone isn't bad they just need help

unbranded1958
unbranded1958

@Freedomfreedom  

mam break down and buy magic jack for your home well worth it if you have internet wall or computer

to supplement your government phone . had magic for 5 years and let it lapse because had sell phone

because cell phone (gov) ran out of minutes 250 month is good for me but went in hospital family burn it up so went to buy minutes for it $20 for sixty min and forty for 120 min loaded card paid $34 for my magic jack again now have home phone for a year no more payment only draw back you must use area has every thing any other phone has and keep your number forever  

AnonymousWoman
AnonymousWoman

@unbranded1958 @Freedomfreedom


YOU KNOW WHAT? I AM SO POOR I CANT EVEN AFFORD A MAGIC JACK. SOMEONE GAVE ME ONE THAT WORKS AND  MAGIC JACK CUSTOMER SERVICE WONT LET ME USE IT BECAUSE I DONT KNOW THE LOG IN INFO. LIKE I SAID BEFORE ITS ALL ABOUT GREED , ITS NOT ABOUT HELPING PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE. NO ONE GIVES A SHIT.

Hank
Hank

No premium cable TV...yet? (watching MSNBC is a right you know)

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