Obama's Cell Phone Tax Proposal Divides Educators and Residents

2 years 8 months 5 days ago August 26, 2013 Aug 26, 2013 Monday, August 26 2013 Monday, August 26, 2013 6:51:00 PM CDT in News
By: Caroline Hecker, KOMU 8 Reporter

HALLSVILLE - President Barack Obama's proposal of imposing a tax on cell phone users to fund a new program called ConnectED may not be as popular as originally thought.

The President unveiled the idea in his speech on June 6 without explicit Congressional approval. Under the program, the FCC would raise fees on all cell phone users, yielding anywhere from $4 billion to $6 billion in revenue per year for the program.

This new initiative is said to connect 99% of American students to high speed broadband and high speed wireless within five years of being implemented.

However, not everyone is excited about the idea of a cell phone tax. 

Aaron Schilling, a resident of Columbia said he doesn't like the idea of his cell phone bill being taxed.

"I already pay a lot of taxes on everything," said Schilling. "And I know a lot of those taxes are supposed to fund public school systems, so I just see it as one more way the government is trying to take my money."

According to the White House, American students are falling behind their counterparts in other countries. For example, South Korea has experienced a technology takeover in classrooms, with every school in the country having high speed Internet as well as teachers trained in digital learning.

Hallsville Public Schools Superintendent John Robertson said there is a need for high speed Internet in some extremely rural areas around Missouri.

"You've got small towns in Missouri that have schools with no Internet access at all," Robertson said. "So when you start talking about a tax like that, I think its crucial the money goes to the neediest first."

However, he's also concerned the money may not be allocated correctly.

"Because the allocation takes place on a federal level, I'd be worried a little bit," he said. "I can see the money going to the big cities and not the rural areas that may really need it."

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Public Works Department was recognized for “model practices” during its recent reaccreditation by the American Public... More >>
39 minutes ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 5:35:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The city is moving forward with the Columbia Regional Airport Terminal Master Plan. On Monday, the city council... More >>
1 hour ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 4:26:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Simon Crosier's parents said they were never told about key decision in their son's care before he died... More >>
2 hours ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 4:12:00 PM CDT in Target 8
COLUMBIA - Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon pleaded not guilty at his first court appearance Monday for charges against him... More >>
2 hours ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 3:55:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - An unpopular breakfast item may be disappearing from school cafeterias in Columbia. The United States... More >>
2 hours ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 3:16:00 PM CDT in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - A man who was reported missing to the Camden County Sheriff's Department in mid-March after allegedly getting... More >>
3 hours ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 2:53:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council is set to review two tax proposals that could make the August 2 ballot... More >>
3 hours ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 2:47:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Local law enforcement, and one gun shop owner, voiced their opinions after the White House released a progress... More >>
4 hours ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 2:06:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – A MoDOT bridge reconstruction project is closing Rangeline Street at I-70 for 20 days starting May 3. ... More >>
4 hours ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 1:51:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Mayor Brian Treece introduced a new new proposal Monday that would delay some downtown housing developments. The... More >>
4 hours ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 1:36:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A worker at Lambert Airport in St. Louis is accused of stealing from a blind woman... More >>
5 hours ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 1:12:10 PM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Colorado artist has loaned a series of paintings inspired by the works of Andy Warhol to... More >>
5 hours ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 1:09:03 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY - A group of military veterans has started a program to build tiny houses for struggling and homeless... More >>
6 hours ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 11:20:00 AM CDT in News
FRUITLAND - The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal shooting involving one of its troopers. The shooting... More >>
8 hours ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 9:55:00 AM CDT in News
BOONE COUNTY - Over 895 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs were collected throughout Boone County on April 29 and 30... More >>
8 hours ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 9:24:00 AM CDT in News
CALEDONIA (AP) — An eastern Missouri woman is charged with second-degree murder for allegedly injecting another woman with a fatal... More >>
10 hours ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 8:06:08 AM CDT in News
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Figures from a survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states have dropped slightly... More >>
10 hours ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 8:03:54 AM CDT in News
MACK'S CREEK (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine if a body found in southwest Missouri is that of a... More >>
13 hours ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 4:19:52 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 54°
7pm 56°
8pm 56°
9pm 54°
10pm 53°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

6:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 6
6:30p
Wheel of Fortune
7:00p
The Voice
6:00p
Family Guy
6:30p
Family Guy
7:00p
Reign

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
9:01p
Blindspot
7:00p
Reign
8:00p
Jane the Virgin
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld