Obama Proposes Cell Phone Fee, Would Bypass Congress to Implement

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  1. InTheLight

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    Dec 17, 2010
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    [President Obama is proposing a new fee (read: tax) on all cell phone users, approximately $5.00 per year, and would bypass Congress to get it implemented. Using the Telecommunications Act of 1996 the Obama administration would instruct the FCC to impose the new tax, er, fee.]

    President Obama liked the idea laid out in a memo from his staff: an ambitious plan to expand high-speed Internet access in schools that would allow students to use digital notebooks and teachers to customize lessons like never before. Better yet, the president would not need Congress to approve it.

    There’s just one catch: The effort would cost billions of dollars, and Obama wants to pay for it by raising fees for mobile-phone users. Doing that relies on the Federal Communications Commission, an independent agency that has the power to approve or reject the plan.

    Obama had long expressed frustration that countries such as South Korea had embraced technology in the classroom so much better than the United States had. He became enthralled with the idea and gave it the go-ahead.

    “We are here to do big things — and we can do this without Congress,” he later told his staff in a meeting, an aide said.

  2. clark thompson

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    This is one of the problems, he should not be trying to do things without the support of congress.

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