reply to pnh102
Re: Idiot Local Governments First I find it funny how all you naysayers think in the 100% or 0% realm. As if any of these companies have a choice if regulators force it upon them. You think Verizon is just going to close up shop if they are told they have to do something they dont want? You do realize, them and every other business are there because the government allows them to be and allows them to produce, market and sell their product, right?
I beg to differ anyhow as you are yet to really see a heavy handed approach, which is why we are now 29th in the world after inventing the internet.
What you have seen are some tough conditions with loopholes skirted or those without loopholes lobbied away. One fine example is the Telecom Act of 1996. If we were heavy handed then we would be at least competing with France who pretty much used our bill to improve themselves. Another good example is PA, that gave Verizon billions to wire them with 45 symmetrical (Verizon's own words) and yet then let them not only not complete the build out and met the conditions, but to keep the money.
Your very last statement shows the shear arrogance of you and your corporate mentality. Not that it would happen, but Verizon could have its license to even operate yanked and you seem to forget that. You don't think something like that could happen? Ask past employees and partners of Aurthur Anderson.
What these Republicans fail to accept is that terms corporation, CEO, profit, profitable, boards, executives, conglomerates, Big Business, etc etc etc are not mentioned once in our Constitution. Had they foreseen where our nation has headed, they would have indeed enacted a Separation of Corporation and state; aka as corporate fascism.
This lack of definition is precisely why the Republican arm of the SCOTUS overstepped their authority and now classify anyone of these multibillion dollar Goliath entities the same as every Tom, Dick, and Harry.