According to Fox News, a subsidized federal phone program for poor people cost consumers more than $1.5 billion last year.
The Lifeline system provides low-income Americans with free basic cell phones or land-lines and covers up to 250 free minutes each month.
Telecom companies are required to foot the bill and generally pass along those fees to consumers.
Lifeline enrollment has jumped dramatically in the past few years and costs have more than doubled.
Last month the FCC announced an overhaul of the program after an audit showed subscribers were abusing the system.
Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill complained she received an invitation in the mail to apply for the program even though she is a multimillionaire.