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Verizon's Massive East Coast FiOS Scandal: 41 Percent Coverage Using 'Weasel Room' Math

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.21.2015 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon harmed America's East Coast; not just in one or two states, but from Massachusetts down through Virginia. After reading a number of Verizon's state summaries of how great the company is and how well they have been serving each state, I noticed a pattern.

New York City's Audit of Verizon's Fiber Optic Roll Out Exposes 'Weasel Room' Mathematics

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.19.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

By July 2014, 100 percent of New York City's residential households should have been able to get FiOS cable service delivered over a fiber optic wire that was supposed to replace the aging copper-based infrastructure.

Did Verizon NY Charge You for a Fiber Optic Service You May Never Get?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.17.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

In 2006, the NY Public Service Commission granted Verizon NY multiple rate increases (84%) on residential phone service for "massive deployment of fiber optics" and "losses."

Bridging the Homework Gap

Jessica Rosenworcel | Posted 06.15.2015 | Education
Jessica Rosenworcel

The Homework Gap is a problem for these students. But it's a problem for all of us, because this gap harms our shared economic future. When students lack access to online resources at home, teachers shy away from integrating technology into their teaching.

SUMMARY: Verizon PA's Broadband Scandal -- A Quadruple Bait-and-Switch

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.08.2015 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

100% of phone customers paid for networks most will never get.

Verizon Pennsylvania's Commitment to Have 100 Percent Coverage of High-Speed Broadband by 2015? -- A Quadruple Bait-and-Switch

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.08.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

The deal -- If the State granted higher profits (read rate increases on phone customers) and gave tax breaks, this extra money would be used to pay for constructing these new networks over the next 20+ years.

Too Common a Story -- The Homework Gap

Jose Antonio Tijerino | Posted 06.08.2015 | Education
Jose Antonio Tijerino

"Hey, that's my story!" my mentee Adan Gonzalez blurted out as I read him some of the preliminary findings from a study the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, myCollegeOptions and the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) conducted called Taking the Pulse of the High School Student in America.

Did AT&T Commit Perjury? Does AT&T have 100 Percent Broadband Coverage in 21 States?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

This is an open and shut case. Compare these 3 AT&T statements about broadband coverage in the company's 21-state territory.

Verizon-AOL Merger? Hell No!

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.17.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

While there are those who care about editorial issues and what will happen to Huff Po, Techcrunch and Engadget if Verizon takes over, as a telecom analyst, I have different concerns.

Groups Working to Make the World Wide Web Live Up to Its Name

Sarah Pike | Posted 05.15.2015 | Impact
Sarah Pike

Living in an urban American city and enjoying Internet access from all of my devices, and my own personal wireless network at home, it's easy to take for granted how rare that kind of accessibility is on a global scale.

Obama's Broadband Legacy

John M. Eger | Posted 05.14.2015 | Technology
John M. Eger

We know the White House's thoughts on net neutrality and Obama's message to the FCC that the Internet is something everyone needs to survive in the new economy. But less understood is the president's thinking about the rise of cities, or, more precisely, metropolitan regions and region states, and the importance of broadband in spurring economic development.

Did AT&T, Verizon, Et al., Garner Over $17 Billion in 'Very Small Business' Spectrum Licenses?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.11.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

How did the largest phone companies end up saving billions from discounts on wireless spectrum licenses that were supposed to be reserved for 'very small companies'?

Dana Liebelson

Meet The Woman Who Is Shaping Our Digital Future

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

(Photo: Mandel Ngan via Getty Images) This article is part of a Huffington Post series, on the occasion of the site's 10th anniversary, looking...

Dear Governor Cuomo and Mayor De Blasio: Want Universal Broadband? Get Billions Back from Verizon and Time Warner Cable

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.05.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Over the last two decades there has been a continuous pattern of throwing money, our money, at broadband again and again. Ironically, instead of taking on the companies, many times these additional funds can end up in the hands of the same companies.

National Small Business Week: A Reminder to Keep Entrepreneurs Top of Mind Year-Round

John Arensmeyer | Posted 05.05.2015 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

In 1963, President Kennedy proclaimed the first National Small Business Week to honor our nation's entrepreneurs whose innovative spirit and hard work helped make our country great. For more than 50 years, we've carried on the tradition of celebrating small businesses, and for good reason.

The Internet of Everything: Boring, But So Important

John M. Eger | Posted 05.03.2015 | Technology
John M. Eger

When we are just getting used to Twitter and Facebook, Email and SPAM, along comes "The Internet of Everything" (IoE) where everything -- well almost everything -- is connected to everything else.

Telecom Sleaze: ALEC and Its Communication's Funders -- AT&T, Verizon, Centurylink, Comcast and Time Warner Cable

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.02.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

But it is ALEC that should cease operations and everyone reading this must ask -- why is the Department of Justice (DOJ) not investigating ALEC and its corporate communications members and funders -- AT&T, Verizon, Centurylink, Comcast & Time Warner Cable?

Smart Cities: It's More Than Broadband

John M. Eger | Posted 06.21.2015 | Technology
John M. Eger

Given the realignment of power in the world -- from nations to cities to individuals -- what the city does or does not do can determine their community's success and survival, or its demise; and as such, will determine the nation's success or failure.

3 Ways Broadband Internet Is Improving Health Care And Education

Tae Yoo | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Tae Yoo

In many parts of the world, being able to download information on a smartphone, tablet or laptop in a few seconds is the norm. In Silicon Valley, wire...

This Could Cripple The Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 04.20.2015 | Business

Customers and labor unions aren’t the only ones feeling uneasy about the looming prospect of a giant cable conglomerate.

Six Lawsuits Against the FCC Over Net Neutrality -- and Counting

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

I would argue that it is time for more lawsuits, but right now they are going in the wrong direction. The FCC should be taking the companies to court and starting the process of separating the companies from their control over critical infrastructure -- that we paid extra for, over and over.

America's Ugly Truth About Broadband

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

When Finland and Hungry beat out the United States of America in download speeds and the Republic of Seychelles and Bangladesh beat us in 'upload' speeds, you know something is wrong with broadband in America today.

Timothy Stenovec

Here's What Happens When Internet Providers Have Zero Competition

HuffingtonPost.com | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 03.31.2015 | Technology

Hint: Exactly what you think.

There's A Big Problem With Internet Access In The U.S.

AP | By FELICIA FONSECA and DAVID A. LIEB | Posted 05.27.2015 | Technology

FLAGSTAFF, Arizona (AP) — When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people...

Timothy Stenovec

Cable Companies Won't Let Cord Cutters Go Without A Fight

HuffingtonPost.com | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 03.26.2015 | Technology

Your options for how to watch TV continue to grow, but cable companies could make you pay dearly if you want to “cut the cord.” Sony and Dish ...