said by Bill Neilson:
Oh, except when the government helps them
"In an example of corporate welfare at its finest, AT&T effectively paid no federal taxes in 2011. In fact, thanks to lucrative incentives and corporate subsidies, the telecommunications company walked away with a giant taxpayer-subsidized $420 million refund." »stopthecap.com/2012/08/16/at-ach ··· -refund/
It's sickening to see these loaded companies with CEOs like
Randall Stephenson making out like a bandit, willing to accept money from folks barely getting by in the real world economy, while they likely spend some of that taxpayer money on lobbyists that are trying to kill the last remaining consumer protections.
I don't disagree with progess, BUT plain old telephone lines is what ATT has and they should be forced to maintain that network as long as they are getting taxpayer funding.
Wireless is IMPRACTICAL for ordinary consumers because it is TOO expensive for what one gets, and it still isn't as reliable as the old copper land lines.