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Verizon Could Get $1.6 Billion in Senate Stimulus Plan
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Source: NY Times

By Saul Hansell
Four words buried in a provision to help subsidize high-speed Internet service contained the latest Senates version of the economic stimulus legislation could mean hundreds of millions of dollars a year in tax credits for Verizon Communications, according to telecommunications analysts.

Indeed, John Hodulik, an analyst with UBS Securities, said the provision might give Verizon $1.6 billion in credits in the next two years, even if it does not hire one more person than it currently plans to do.

At issue is the part of the stimulus package meant to bring fast Internet connections to rural and low-income areas. The House bill that passed Wednesday provided $6 billion in grants to broadband projects. The latest Senate bill increases those grants to $9 billion.

Most significantly, the bill before the Senate also includes tax credits for investment in broadband services to low-income neighborhoods, rural areas and places that dont have any providers of high-speed internet service.

Companies would get a 20 percent tax credit on investments made on current-generation broadband speeds of at least 5 megabits per second in unserved areas and 10 percent for investment in low-income and rural areas.


Corporate America rapes the taxpayer with our party being the enabler.
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  -Verizon Could Get $1.6 Billion in Senate Stimulus Plan FreeStateDemocrat  Jan-30-09 01:08 PM   #0 
  - Verizon is almost completely union  Renew Deal   Jan-30-09 01:10 PM   #1 
  - The union will demand they hire more people?  Baby Snooks   Jan-30-09 01:30 PM   #4 
  - Exactly and while party members blindly follow the leaders. We are entering the fascist state.  terisan   Jan-30-09 01:14 PM   #2 
  - I read and re-read this but I missed facism part.............  bowens43   Jan-30-09 02:39 PM   #9 
     - Sorry I meant fascist in the meaning of Mussolini's term for fascism: Corporatism  terisan   Jan-30-09 04:32 PM   #12 
  - this part about net neutrality is very troubling also:...........  biopowertoday   Jan-30-09 01:16 PM   #3 
  - That is BAD NEWS.  FarceOfNature   Jan-30-09 01:41 PM   #5 
  - I don't know if this is the same thing...but Verizon used all Mexican  Gin   Jan-30-09 01:52 PM   #6 
     - The bill does not call for new jobs as part of the grants. !!!  biopowertoday   Jan-30-09 02:58 PM   #10 
  - The Author Seems to be Implying That  On the Road   Jan-30-09 11:29 PM   #16 
  - $1.6 billion corporate welfare with our tax dollars, so Verizon can upgrade & charge the poor  LaPera   Jan-30-09 02:24 PM   #7 
  - Cool, maybe I can get fiber to the house.  paparush   Jan-30-09 02:31 PM   #8 
  - me too....  Born Free   Jan-30-09 06:32 PM   #15 
  - Didn't Verizon spend a staggering amount buying up the rights  Brucie Kibbutz   Jan-30-09 03:25 PM   #11 
  - I'm pissed that they had to buy Alltel  CRF450   Jan-30-09 05:32 PM   #13 
  - This part of the bill is probably a good thing  groundloop   Jan-30-09 06:17 PM   #14 
  - Bringing broadband to unserved areas is a good thing.  kevsand   Jan-31-09 10:51 AM   #17 
  - Verizon should be broken up.  dkofos   Jan-31-09 10:54 AM   #18 
  - A monopoly for the increasing gap ....between the rich and the hyper rich grows  ohio2007   Jan-31-09 10:58 AM   #19 
  - Bail out Verizon? I give up.  No Elephants   Jan-31-09 11:46 AM   #20 
  - Deleted  trashcanistanista   Jan-31-09 01:34 PM   #21 

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