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Broadband Connectivity Is A Social Determinant Of Health

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 07.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Without broadband connectivity to the last miles of America, neither the nation's health citizens (taxpayers, all) won't fully benefit from the promis...

6 Ways Federal Investments Helped Usher In Our Wireless World

Aaron Dubrow | Posted 07.22.2016 | Technology
Aaron Dubrow

Over the last century and a half, wireless communication has continued to evolve, enabling mobile phones, widespread sensors, global positioning systems and the development of a digitally-connected world.

Internet User Growth Over the Next Five Years

John Garrity | Posted 06.22.2016 | Technology
John Garrity

Every June Cisco releases its latest five-year rolling forecast on internet traffic growth, and this year is no different. Now in its eleventh year, t...

AT&T's 1000 Foot Violation of AT&T-DirecTV Merger Conditions?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.14.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T Press Release, December 7th, 2015 "Over 1 million Locations Passed Today, AT&T More Than Doubling Footprint by End of 2016" "Recently we marked...

Exploring the impact of 5G strategy and broadband provisions on the economy

Professor Mark Skilton | Posted 06.10.2016 | Technology
Professor Mark Skilton

I'm delighted to be speaking at an event in the House of Commons later in the year on the economic drivers of 5G, the new telecoms standard. There ...

The Wireline-Wireless Broadband and Internet Bait and Switch

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.02.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon's 2015 annual report states that the company is focused on a "digital-first mobile future," while AT&T's 2015 annual report proclaims that it is "Mobilizing your world." But there is a problem with this.

Mobile Broadband: A Game-Changer For Sustainable Development Goals

Madison J. Salters | Posted 05.24.2016 | Impact
Madison J. Salters

"Business recognizes we can make the world sustainable... and business can't sit back and wait for government to set the rules. Business must lead." ...

Expanding Internet connectivity for global development

John Garrity | Posted 05.24.2016 | Technology
John Garrity

Last week in Nairobi, over 700 people gathered to discuss how information and communications technologies (ICTs) are being utilized around the world t...

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

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.13.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon, AT&T and CenturyLink control and have a monopoly over the state-based utility wires. State by state they had an obligation to not only maintain but to upgrade the states' critical infrastructure. They failed.

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

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

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+.

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

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.09.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

While the FCC has attempted to clean up the broadband bills -- and this is being touted as similar to a nutritional label for food -- at the end of the day it supplies nothing to fix the mess of the current billing, the deceptive practices, the addition of made up fees and additional expenses.

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

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.01.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

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 re...

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

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.01.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

While I personally don't care how much someone makes a year or their net worth, in this case, I care when the salaries and other compensation somehow end up being paid for by local phone customers in an expense item called "Corporate Operations.'

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

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.29.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Consumer Federation of America (CFA) report "Special Problem of Special Access" Highlights: New Network Institute's (NNI) Financial Analysis on Speci...

Surprising Number Of Americans Would Chop Off A Finger To Stay Online

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 04.25.2016 | Technology

Americans love the Internet. Some love it so much that they'd rather chop off a finger than stay offline forever, according to a new survey. In March,...

Making America Great Again

John M. Eger | Posted 04.25.2016 | Technology
John M. Eger

All eyes are on the race for the White House ... but the real action, if you care, is what is happening in your city. Benjamin Barber, author of If ...

Making America Great Again

John M. Eger | Posted 04.24.2016 | Technology
John M. Eger

All eyes are on the race for the White House ... but the real action, if you care, is what is happening in your city. Benjamin Barber, author of If ...

Verizon CWA and IBEW Union Members Go on Strike: America's Communications Future Is at Stake.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.13.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Whether you do or do not care about unions or their members, this is more about a plan by Verizon to eliminate expenses and the networks that they don't want to maintain or even upgrade, even though you paid for that to happen multiple times.

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

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.12.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

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 accounting is not public.)

Working at Odds: The Dichotomy of the President's Internet Policy

Jeremy White | Posted 04.05.2016 | Technology
Jeremy White

Last month the White House announced the ConnectAll initiative, a laudable plan to bring 20 million more Americans online over the next four years. "I...

This Is Not the Info-Highway We Paid For

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.04.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

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).

Big Lies About America's Telecommunications Lines

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.29.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

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.

Is Low-cost, High-speed Internet an Economic Right?

Brian Purchia | Posted 03.16.2016 | Technology
Brian Purchia

What if I told you that a hundred thousand San Franciscans, including thousands of public school students did not have electricity or water at home? I imagine many of you would be appalled and call for our government to step in and help. Now, substitute the Internet for water and electricity. Would you still be upset?

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

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.13.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

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...

It's Your Data: Empowering Consumers to Protect Online Privacy

Tom Wheeler | Posted 03.10.2016 | Technology
Tom Wheeler

Simply by using the Internet, you have no choice but to share large amounts of personal information with your broadband provider. You have a right to know what information is being collected. It's your data. How it's used and shared should be your choice.