posted on Jan, 2 2013 @ 05:23 PM
reply to post by tinhattribunal
One that caught me was - the railroads.
As a rule, these enterprises received some of the biggest Start-Up Bonuses in all of history...back in the late 1800's and early 1900's.
When Texas was a fledgling state in the Union, their coiffures weren't overflowing with moolah... But, to develop the state for intra-&-inter-state
commerce, they offered railroads a deal - for every certain # of miles of rail-line developed, the railroad would receive (be compensated with) a
certain amount of land.
Some railroads didn't make it long enough to 'cash-in'...
These allotments of land were expected to be "sold" by the railroads (so that they could cover their costs &/or make a profit)...
Most of the railroads I have encountered didn't need to sell these lands...and, in fact, kept most of them...and, today, are some of the largest
holders (owners) of Mineral Rights in said State of Texas.
A part of what the railroads get/got in the early days (in other states) was a significant Right of Way that extended on both sides of the actual
track 50' to 100'...
One might ask - "Well, how could they do anything with that?"
It is reported that one (at least) such railroad made deals with those in the Telecom & Internet Infrastructure fields, to lay their fiber within the
Railroad's Right of Way/s...and an extra set of fiber...for the Railroad company's fledgling telecom, while they were at it...
Anyway - there may be railroad company's that are behind the curve...but, I don't see why they should get any more favorable treatment from the
taxman than any other person trying to start or sustain a business...