I posted an earlier message with this topic, but it somehow got eaten. I think this was the all-too-frequent Yahoo message board issue with Links.
On 1/6/03 CBS marketwatch posted an article on high dividend paying firms. Apparently I can't post the full link, but you can find it by looking at El Paso (EP) news from 1/6/03.
The article identifies 15 firms in the S&P500 that are paying 6+ % dividend.
The issue of "solid" is very critical. Some of those 15 firms do NOT meet many criteria for solid. Some might be worth a look though. Some of them are MLPs or REITs. There are some energy firms on the list that are at least not clearly basket cases, under enormous storm clouds (EP), or the walking dead. Teco (TE), Ameren (AEE) and Phillip Morris (MO) might be attractive to some investors.
You are right: I misspoke. Three of the high dividend paying firms (Equity Office Property, Equity Residential and Simon Property) mentioned in the article I cited were REITs, not MLPs. In my own portfolio management world I group REITs and the natural resource MLPs in single class of investment alternatives. There are important differences between the legal, financial and risk structures of REITs and MLPs.