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groundloop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-30-09 06:17 PM
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14. This part of the bill is probably a good thing
Edited on Fri Jan-30-09 06:22 PM by groundloop
I don't believe the bill specifies how big a peice of the pie that Verizon will get, they're only one of the players involved. And I think most economists agree that building infrastructure, such as this is proposing, is a very good way to spend bailout dollars in terms of creating jobs. And, as was previously mentioned, Verizon is mostly union, and for the most part instead of laying people off they're offering early retirements and buy-outs (in my mind anyway that's preferable to layoffs).

Not only will the telecom companies have to hire cable installers, they will have to buy the cable, buy the hardware attached to each end of the cables, hire people to run and service the equipment, and so on. The companies that manufacture fiber optic cable will be purchasing fiber, hiring people in their manufacturing plants, they have R&D and quality people that will be kept busy, and so on.

As for the comments that this bill doesn't enforce net-neutrality, I don't believe a spending bill like this is the proper place for that. The FCC will have to write those rules, and I believe that Obama's new FCC people have said they're in favor of net neutrality
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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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