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  •  Wait-- aren't part of the airwaves that these (17+ / 0-)

    companies are using, our (the taxpayers') resource?  Don't we lease these things to them at ridiculous prices?  Wasn't it-- way, long, long ago, back when I was a wee bairn-- a requirement that broadcasters and telecom companies provide public service announcements and provide wide-ranging service to the entire country, in exchange for the dirt cheap leasing they paid to use our natural resources and make their profits?

    How the hell can they get away with not servicing the entire frickin' country with simple telphone service?  They are getting so many sweetheart deals with tax breaks--- what the hell is our government (and are our state governments) doing in not asking for something of national benefit in return?

    That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

    by concernedamerican on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 03:52:20 AM PDT

    •  The Segment It Off (9+ / 0-)

      The power of these telcos now comes from how they play off against each other their two corporately separate divisions, wired and wireless. Wireless has far less regulation, including the retention of all kinds of monopolies. The telcos have pulled their actual business into these wireless corps, while retaining a wired corp for whatever balance of power they provide. Power granted them mostly in exchange for subsidized services like universal rural service, universal 911. Meanwhile the telcos have gotten all kinds of public money that cover those costs (and far more). Now they're engaged in getting out from under the responsibilities while retaining the powers.

      Telcos are run by lawyers who "decouple" liabilities from privileges. These people have been violating the 4th Amendment on every single American in phones, email and Web for over a decade, getting only more power instead of bankrupting fines and prison. Of course they've rolled that into unlimited power and profit.

      There's a reason the AT&T logo looks like the Death Star.

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 05:01:55 AM PDT

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    •  same way they get away with the rest of it: (4+ / 0-)

      We complain but we don't get out the vote.

      Well enough is enough of that, it's time to get out the vote as if our lives depend on it, because in so many ways, they do.

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 05:31:25 AM PDT

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    •  Landlines don't use "air waves". (2+ / 0-)
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      Brown Thrasher, harrije

      Communications are on a (usually) copper pair to your home from the telephone switching office.

      Amazingly, I once had an electronics instructor, from a very large technical institute,  swear up and down to me that telcos use "air waves" directly to everyone's home.

      They don't.

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