Thousands of low-income Coloradans reliant on public assistance could get a free cellphone under a plan before the state Public Utilities Commission.
If approved, the plan by TracFone Wireless in Miami would make Colorado the 17th state it has settled into with free cell service for the indigent, a form of wireless welfare that proponents say taps into one of the last untapped markets for the telecom technology.
I am not sure what to say. Obviously it is not something that libertarians would approve of. The definition of a need seems to be changing everyday. TV has become a need that the government recently felt compelled to subsidize by issuing vouchers for digital converters, now a cell phone is considered a need. Where does it stop?