If it's a no electricity apocalypse I'd find a local Amish community to fill any gaps in the skill pool. Sure they don't necessarily trust outsiders but they do trade. Although I have 2 nuke plants within 100 miles of me. Depending on why there is no electricity I may not be around to bother. If it's simply a catastrophe then it could be like lucifer's hammer and a nuke plant would be the place to bootstrap civilization - it has power, weapons, tools.
Now zombies...that's another matter. Although a nuke plant may be a good idea there also. They've been made very secure since 911 and electrified fences may help.
- I am part of a power Co-op. There are a number around the country. Profit is given back to the members at the end of the year... in theory. Our co-op seems to keep rolling out into other industries like propane, water heater programs, alternative energy. However normal power companies have to get permission from the state regulators to raise rates. There has been various talk to deregulate electric and natural gas so you can use anyone for the billing company.
- Telcos (copper) USED to be required to share their lines with the '96 telco reform act. This forced deregulation and let competition into the industry. Startup telcos sold lines to ISPs who popped up all over. Under Bush Jr. and Colin Powell's son appointed to head the FCC this was all rolled back. No more independent telco companies, no more independent ISPs.
- Part of the problem are the no competition clauses the cable companies get with each city they serve. This prevents any other cable company from even moving into an area. Even if a startup could have the funds the access isn't there.
- Going forward I hope the solar powered airships / drones get good enough to have circling in a known path far overhead to give us a faster than satellite route to anywhere.
I haven't kept up with the laws the last decade but the ILECs - incumbent local exchange carrier - were the equivalent of government mandated monopolies. Telco reform act of '96 forced the ILECs to share the publicly paid for infrastructure with startup phone companies. The Internet exploded with thousands of ISPs popping up. This was rolled back under Bush Jr when Powell's son was running the FCC. I wonder if this means other companies can move into these abandoned areas without the ILEC screaming like crazy?
you speak common sense and that's why it will go overlooked. Health care is pricey and the way the medical industry wrote the law ("We'll televise the health care meetings on CSPAN" never did happen since it would have looked bad with the insurance and medical companies writing everything) there is no chance it will get cheaper. I've been seeing my local area have lots of people hired under 30 hours for awhile now. I know people who work at places like Walmart, other retail and Casinos who can not get 30 hours.
The law also doesn't require coverage for employees unless the company has more than 50 employees. The small businesses out there are already stretched and if they haven't been offering health insurance they sure won't start now. Means more out of pocket for the working schmuck,a new tax with the IRS in charge of enforcement.