Just read a pretty effed up article in the paper this morning and thought I’d share it in this blog. Apparently phone giants AT&T and Verizon Communications have been ripping off local authorities nationwide. Local officials in several states have filed several lawsuits claiming that they’ve been distributing out discounts to big businesses at the expense of 911 emergency services, shortchanging millions upon millions of dollars.
I don’t know about you, but this is corporate corruption at its finest; robbing public services and costing everyone the security they’re promised by their local authorities. Roger Schneider, who is an entrepreneur from Huntsville, Alabama, found out about this thievery 12 years ago. Phone companies eventually settled at somewhere around $3 million dollars in cases which he helped bring about in the state of Alabama.
Earlier this year in January AT&T got slammed pretty hard by 10 counties in a case in Tennessee, but they prevailed somehow. Seeing the corporate world continuously do shady stuff like this and then eventually getting sued, and then after that becoming more profitable and stronger, richer, and more powerful, depresses a middle class guy with an average income like me.
Makes me feel like there isn’t much hope out there anymore for a guy to save up and start a small business and even compete with the corporate giants who eventually first push him to become an underdog in the market and then eventually force him to shut down his business as a result of not keeping up with the lower prices provided by his competitors.
About 15 jurisdictions in the city of Pennsylvania alone have filed cases against more than a dozen different phone companies. This has been going on for quite a while but recently has picked up full force and has been gaining national attention to the point where the corruption and greed of these corporate Fortune 500 companies is being thoroughly investigated and exposed to the media.