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Should Verizon be Allowed to Buy Yahoo When it Failed to Upgrade and Maintain America's East Coast?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.25.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

The Wall Street Journal, July 24th, 2016, writes that Verizon is planning on buying Yahoo, the web portal and search engine. "Verizon Finalizes $4.8 ...

AT&T's IP Transition Trials Lost 32% of "Legacy" Customers, yet the Overhyped Con Continues.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.10.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T has been conducting 'IP Transition Trials' in Carbon Hill, Alabama and West Delray Beach, Florida, since May 2014. The goal was supposed to be th...

New Verizon 2015 Financial Report: Massive 'Special Access' and 'Local Service' Cross-Subsidies

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.06.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

This is an except from the recently released Verizon New York 2015 Financial Annual Report, which was filed with the NY Public Service Commission (NYP...

More Exposed: Verizon's FiOS-Wireless Bait & Switch in Boston

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.20.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

There is a strong stench coming up from the cobblestones in Boston. And the more we dig, the worse it gets. (Start with first article.) On March, 31,...

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...

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.

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

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.24.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon told Boston that they were going to be spending about $300 million over 6 years to upgrade the city to FiOS -- a fiber-to-the-home service. But according to Verizon's Francis Shammo, the money really isn't being 'spent'.

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, Boston, Bernie, Fiber and the Facts

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.18.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

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.

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.)

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

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.11.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

During the closing of this article, the Consumer Federation of America released a report claiming that abusive special access pricing has cost customers and consumers over $150 billion in overcharging and economic harms since 2010.

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...

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

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.24.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

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 a series of investigations.

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

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.22.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

While this is about Verizon and New York, this is playing out across America, and every state is going through similar, if not almost identical 'assessments'-- but the subplot appears to be to use it to allow the incumbent, in this case Verizon NY, to get rid of basic regulations and obligations.

AT&T & Verizon, With the FCC, Blocked My Access to Critical Broadband Data

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.18.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T and Verizon, with the help of the FCC, have 'run out the clock', blocking me from examining the newly collected data from companies that purchase 'special access' services from AT&T and Verizon.

Have You Received a Disconnect Notice From Verizon or AT&T Yet?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.05.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Above is the standard form letter being sent to Verizon customers in multiple states to shut off their current working copper-based telecommunication service.

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?

How the Pundits and FCC Commissioner Pai Got It Wrong -- Fiber Optics Are 'Title II'; Customers Are the Investors.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

I challenge Hal Singer, Senior Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, and FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai to a rousing debate, sponsored by the Internet Society, New York Chapter, who has agreed to host it. Why?

59 Twists and Turns to Verizon's Calculated Play to Go Wireless and Dismantle the State-Based Wired Utilities

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.31.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon has a very simple but very calculated plan -- go wireless (mobile) at the expense of the wired networks.

Did Rate Increases on Verizon N.Y.'s Basic Phone Service Pay for the Use of the Corporate Jet by Verizon's CEO?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.23.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Billions in "Corporate Operation" expenses are being dumped annually into the state utilities to make "Local Service" look unprofitable. It would app...

The FCC and AT&T Don't Care About Rural Areas and They Can Just Make Crap Up

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.11.2015 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

One would think that the FCC would care about a failure to upgrade whole parts of multiple states.

Are the FCC and AT&T Harming the Children of Rural Communities?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
Bruce Kushnick

We received a copy of this letter, below, on the day the FCC rejected our Petition for Investigation against AT&T.

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 08.07.2015 | 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 07.31.2015 | 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).

Is Verizon Planning on Becoming an All-Wireless-Only Company: Who Needs the Wires Anyway?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.24.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Of course almost everyone reading this has a cell phone. But, you may have been misled if you believe that the wires don't matter or that wireless services alone are the future.