We have no access to broadband and need it for business so we actually paid to have a T1 line brought in. Our local phone company is Verizon but who wanted $600 a month for it! But we shopped around and found companies who would provide one for less than half that price if you sign a two or three year contract. The thing is that Verizon is still the one that provides all the facilities. On top of that, though we can have T1 service, we couldn't get DSL. I don't get that either but because I don't understand the technology. We tried satellite but it was much too slow. While the T1 is still quite expensive, we have a VOIP phone and of course can use Skype so we don't need to pay for phone service from Verizon.
So, does anyone know why we can get T1 service but not DSL?
Sadly as it turns out, up to as many as 16 of those soldiers were electrocuted due to faulty wiring installed by none other than KBR, recently spun out of Halliburton. They are currently under investigation for these deaths. They are also the subject of a class-action lawsuit for exposing employees to "unsafe water, food, and hazardous fumes" at the largest U.S. installation in Iraq. Among other things KBR has been accused of using mortuary trucks that "still had traces of body fluids and putrefied remains in them when they were loaded with ice" later served to U.S. troops. Just this week, KBR was fined over $400 million by the US Dept of Justice for bribing international officials.
Why am I posting this on the Indy website? Because my friends, KBR is currently employed as a general contractor for the largest employer in the area, Duke University. I find that so appalling and heartbreaking. Why would our Duke support a company whose track record is one of such heinous behavior? There is a movement underway to debar KBR from performing government work yet Duke uses them as a general contractor. It makes no sense!
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