Well we tried that, and not by raising taxes but rather by giving the large telecom companies their wishes in the form of deregulation and tax BREAKS for several years beginning in the early to mid 90s. This was done with the expressed understanding that they would use that money to upgrade the infrastructure. Guess what they did? They sat on the money, called it profit and continued to raise their rates. http://www.alternet.org/story/148397/how_the_phone_companies_are_screwing_america%3A_the_$320_billion_broadband_rip-off?page=entire Most people really do not realize how bad it is over here in terms of the marriage between big money corporations and the U.S. government. There is zero accountability for corporations. This past year General Electric, one of the largest corporations in the world, made a profit of 14 billion and they not only paid no taxes, they were actually GIVEN 3 BILLION dollars by our government. http://news.firedoglake.com/2011/03/28/ge-pays-no-taxes-wants-workers-to-accept-cuts/ Besides being an absolutely INSANE culture/society with a completely ignorant and intentionally dumbed-down citizenry, the truth of the matter is that our political system has evolved into Inverted Totalitarianism and Managed Democracy. https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Inverted_totalitarianism In short, sans a populist revolt on the scale of Egypt or larger, we are ****ed as a people and a nation.