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Bruce Kushnick has been a telecom analyst for 34 years and is currently the executive director of New Networks Institute, now a consortium of independent telecommunications, broadband, Internet and new technology analysts, forensic auditors and lawyers.

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Verizon's $300 Million Shell Game in Boston and Cross-Subsidizing Wireless

(3) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 3:59 AM

Compare this write-up about Verizon's $300 million, 6 year build out of fiber optics in Boston, Massachusetts, with Verizon's statement that the $300 million was already spent.

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"Verizon to build $300M fiber network in Boston"

"Verizon will bring its fiber-optic FiOS network to Boston over the...

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Corporate Greed vs Critical Infrastructure: Greed Won. America Lost.

(3) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 7:19 AM

Verizon is now in over 150 countries and has over 330 'investments' worldwide. AT&T is now touting its investments in Mexico and the 100+ locations in the Middle East and Africa. And both companies claim that they are digital entertainment companies. Verizon bought AOL (which owns HuffPost), while AT&T now...

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Verizon Has Been on the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) for 16 Years. What the...?

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 12:47 AM

PART 1: FCC's Unhealthy 'Nutritional' Broadband Labels.

An ugly pattern has emerged: Phone, cable, broadband, ISP, and wireless companies, their industry associations, not to mention compromised consumer as well as astroturf groups have been on the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) over the last decade+. In fact,...

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FCC's Broadband 'Nutrition Labels': You Will Eat More Fat, Sugar and Salt

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2016 | 11:35 PM

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When I look at a nutritional label on a can of soup to determine whether it has too much salt, or the label on a cereal box to parse how much sugar is added--I know that the aisles of the grocery store are...

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Are the Salaries of Verizon's Executives Being Charged to Low Income Families?

(13) Comments | Posted May 1, 2016 | 5:16 PM

From the Verizon 2015 Proxy Statement

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  • Are low income families, seniors, small businesses, and anyone using the Verizon utility communications networks getting charged for executive compensation?

  • Is the executive pay part of the larger "Corporate Operations" expenses...

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R."I.P." Rest in Peace, AT&T IP Transition Trials.

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2016 | 3:27 PM

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It is time for the FCC to stop talking about the IP Transition and investigate how AT&T et al. have been using the IP Transition as a way to remove regulations and force customers onto wireless instead of maintaining and upgrading the state...

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Will the FCC Stop Verizon & AT&T's Manipulation of Financial Accounting & Special Access (BDS) Overcharges?

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 12:01 AM

  • Consumer Federation of America (CFA) report "Special Problem of Special Access"
  • Highlights: New Network Institute's (NNI) Financial Analysis on Special Access
  • CFA Press Release, Joined by NNI

I'll return to these items in a moment.


Background

On April 28th, 2016,...

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Verizon, Boston, Bernie, Fiber and the Facts

(3) Comments | Posted April 17, 2016 | 10:50 PM

Here is an excerpt from Verizon's original Massachusetts fiber optic plan that was filed with the State, (then called the Massachusetts Department of Broadband and Cable) -- and was finalized in 1995. I particularly like "immediately begin deploying... fiber-based broadband technologies" and it included Boston. Has a nice...

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Verizon's Tax Payments vs. Average Worker's Withholding Tax Payments

(3) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 8:20 PM

One tweet stated:

"Re: Huffington Post article. Just so you know, corporate tax is based on profit not revenue. Basic accounting."

  • According to the Tax Foundation, in America the average withholding of taxes on a single working person comes to 31.5% of income (revenues). Moreover, "The average...
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Verizon CWA and IBEW Union Members Go on Strike: America's Communications Future Is at Stake.

(33) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 1:49 AM

As of this writing, (around 1:30 AM, Wednesday, April 13, 2016), 40,000 Verizon workers throughout the east coast of America will not be going to work as of 6:00 AM today.

About three years ago, I wrote an open letter in HuffPost -- "Dear Telecom Unions: Time to...

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Verizon NY Paid Virtually No Taxes Since 2003; Averaged $2.5+ Billion in Losses a Year for Five Years*

(65) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 11:47 PM

*(NOTE: This five-year period is based on 2010-2014; Verizon NY's 2015 financial information is not available yet.)

Yes, it is tax season yet again and you probably paid more taxes than Verizon NY. (NOTE: Verizon's other incumbent phone companies are using the same 'questionable' financial book keeping, but their...

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Special Access is $60+ Billion in Annual Revenues; Overcharging of Local Phone Customers is Over $121+ Billion from Cross-Subsidies for Just 5 Years*

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 3:36 AM

*NOTE: This five-year period covers 2010 through 2014, the last available data.

There has been a good deal of movement regarding the hidden networks known as 'special access'. They are not special; they are just basic business broadband and data lines that use the existing copper (and fiber) utility networks....

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PRIMER: 'Special Access' Wires and 'Switched Access' Wires are the Same Wires.

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2016 | 12:51 AM


Embrace your inner nerd: Explore the phone network infrastructure.
And don't let the 'telco jargon' confuse you.

FCC: What is Special Access?

Update: During the closing of this article, the Consumer Federation of America released a report claiming that abusive special access...

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This Is Not the Info-Highway We Paid For

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 2:17 PM

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America's future for communications is slower, less quality, more expensive and less choice.

For your reading pleasure, here are five facts from recent articles that I think are worth repeating, (and some new ones thrown in).

First, here's where I am....

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Time Warner Cable-Charter Merger? History Says: You Got to be Kidding!

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 12:26 AM

I am an annoyed Time Warner Cable customer whose current Triple Play service, that had an $89.99 advertised priced, is now costing me $211.27. That is a 135% increase over the advertised price in just a few years, and it continues to climb. And somehow making this company larger through...

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Big Lies About America's Telecommunications Lines

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 12:45 AM

How many actual copper lines, much less fiber optic access lines are in service in America today? AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink claim that they are 'losing copper lines' and use this to drive public policy decisions to 'shut off the copper', raise rates or not maintain the copper networks.

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I'm "Guilty Until Proven Innocent," Claims the FCC Order

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2016 | 9:09 PM

Imagine you are in a kangaroo court and the judge and those across the aisle are in bed with each other and have decided -- you are guilty first, even if you didn't actually do anything -- but they also claim that since you could do something in the future,...

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How Many 'Special Access' Lines Are There in America? 'Zero' or 600 Million?

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 1:14 AM

The FCC and the phone companies, AT&T and Verizon, have been manipulating the accounting of access lines and it is being used to create harmful public policies.

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This is a panoramic Google Maps shot of E79th Street in New...

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9 Things You Should Know About Verizon NY and the NY State Commission

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 10:31 PM

PART II: Summary Report as PDF
PART I: Letter to the State Commission

This week, the NY State Public Service Commission (NYPSC) is holding a technical conference with the purpose of discussing their 2015 report "Staff Assessment of Telecommunications Services", and to address...

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New Reports Expose Verizon NY's Financial Shell Game and the State Commission's Role

(5) Comments | Posted February 22, 2016 | 1:04 AM

This week, the NY State Public Service Commission (NYPSC) is holding a technical conference with the purpose of discussing their 2015 report "Staff Assessment of Telecommunications Services", and to address the mostly ignored Connect NY Coalition Petition, which was filed in July 2014 and called for...

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