A hefty chunk of taxpayer dollars spent by the government on mobile phone service for low-income Americans may have been wasted.
A federal program called Lifeline provides hefty discounts on mobile phone service to qualifying low-income households. The goal is to ensure that they can connect with families, employers, and emergency services.
How many of those households should actually have been receiving the discount?
Last year, the Federal Communications Commission started forcing mobile carriers to confirm the eligibility of their Lifelife subscribers. The agency figured that around 15 percent of users would be determined ineligible, but the tighter rules discovered … Read more