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Verizon's Wireline Networks Diverted Billions for Wireless Deployments Instead of Wiring Municipalities, and Charged Phone Customers for It.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 09.15.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

NEW: READ THE SPECIAL REPORT & DATA REPORT Abandoned Verizon Central Office in Kingston NY, (Photo Google Maps) First, the news: On September 13th...

FCC's Business Data Services Actions Could Harm Your Investment and Community

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 09.11.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

(Here are some cool looking equations submitted to the FCC by CenturyLink. It's a shame they are not useful.) Summary (Most of this article was or...

AT&T and Verizon's Wireline and Wireless Cross-Subsidies Harm Competition and Every Communications Service You Use

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.06.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Let me explain why all of your communications rates keep going up or why there are 'data caps' imposed, and why many customers have overcharges on wireless.

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+.

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...

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

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.11.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

*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 ...

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.

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...

Why Did CenturyLink Backpedal on a Price Quote?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 03.04.2016 | Business
Christopher Elliott

George Antoun is quoted a monthly rate of $59 for his Internet and phone service. So why is CenturyLink billing him $76? And can he get a price adjust...

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

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.03.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

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.

AT&T Slams AT&T. AT&T & Verizon File to Block Kushnick from the FCC's "Special Access" Data... Again.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 01.05.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

On October 15th, 2002 -- over 13 years ago -- AT&T filed a Petition with the FCC to investigate the "special access" services that are controlled by the "Bell" companies, now AT&T, Verizon and Centurylink.

Exposing One of the Largest Accounting Scandals in American History

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.10.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Why is America not in the Top 20 in the world in wired or wireless broadband speeds? Why are America's communications prices higher than many other countries? Why is there no serious competition -- and how do we fix this mess?

The FCC's 'Big Freeze': 15 Years of Neglect

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.10.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

This story exposes one of the largest financial accounting scandals in American history and impacts all wireline and wireless phone, broadband, Internet and even cable TV/video services.

Why's America Broadband Speeds Are Beyond Embarrassing

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.07.2015 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

We believe the future of communications in America is going to get worse, not better, unless we take some immediate actions.

MobTel: Some of America's Most Hated ISPs, Cable TV and Wireless Companies Have Their Associations Suing the FCC Over Net Neutrality

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.07.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

So, just on the surface, when the most hated companies in America all work together to sue the FCC, we should at least know something just ain't right, and that's putting it mildly.

I Do It For My Aunt Ethel

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.30.2016 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

I started to reflect on how I ended up in the mess -- this personal journey about my love and obsession with, well, telecommunications (though you may call it broadband, Internet, cable, wireless, etc).

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

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.01.2016 | 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?

2015: The Trend Line for Communications Services -- Phone, Broadband, Internet, Cable TV & Wireless -- Sucks

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.09.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

As a telecom analyst for over 30+ years, I've been tracking the trend lines of communications services. And from the customer perspective -- your perspective -- 2015 will be like watching a train wreck in slow motion -- and continue over the next few years.

Government Report: No High Speed Broadband Competition: Blame AT&T, Verizon & CenturyLink's Two Decades of Broken Promises.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.26.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

In the last article about broadband I supplied a list of the "video dialtone" deployments that were filed at the FCC by what are now AT&T, Verizon and Centurylink to upgrade the utility copper networks and replace these wires with fiber optics wires -- which never happened.

You Have Been Charged Thousands for a Fiber-Optic, Broadband Utility That You Never Got -- Over the Last 20-Plus Years

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.09.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

By 2010 or there abouts, America was supposed to have been a fully-fiberized nation with fiber optic-based broadband utilities -- really.

The Book of Broken Promises: $400 Billion Broadband Scandal and Free the Net

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 11.17.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

By the end of 2014, America will have been charged about $400 billion by the local phone incumbents, Verizon, AT&T and CenturyLink, for a fiber optic future that never showed up.

This Is The United States Of Comcast, Depressing Map Shows

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 03.05.2014 | Technology

Forget the United States of America: This is the United States of Comcast. Comcast's $45 billion deal to buy Time Warner Cable is going to give it ...

'Special Excess': The Secret Broadband, Internet, Cable, Wireless and Phone Networks

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.08.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Forget about the NSA and the phone networks. There's another secret network you should know about. I call it "special excess," though it's known in the telecom industry as "special access." You won't hear about these secret wires.

2014: The End Game in Telecommunications: The Perfect, Man-Made Storm

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.11.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

"Since deregulation, landline costs skyrocket. The monthly cost of measured AT&T phone service (in California) has soared more than 260% since 2008." ...