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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 07.24.2015 | 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.

Verizon & AT&T's Wireless Broadband: $1,125.00 for One Month of Cable TV; $375.00 to Watch Netflix -- and that's Not Even 'HD'.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.22.2015 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

America is getting a big, fat downgrade, but don't bother to tell the FCC or the media. How, exactly is this the "best technology available"?

Verizon and the NY State Public Service ('Captured') Commission

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.05.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

"Regulatory Capture" is when an industry takes over the regulatory agency that is supposed to be doing oversight of the companies' business practices and is supposed to be protecting the Public Interest.

Will the FCC Ignore Our Complaint? Did AT&T Commit Perjury, Claiming it had Covered 100 Percent of 21 States With Broadband?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Rumors are flying that the proposed AT&T-DirecTV merger is a done deal. And yet, it appears that the FCC ignored our complaint, which outlined that AT&T may have committed perjury during the previous AT&T-BellSouth merger.

A Truly Bold Plan for New York City's Broadband Future

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.01.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

The NYC Mayor's Office of Tech & Innovation has asked for bold ideas and innovation to "help bring high speed Internet to all New Yorkers", including "more choices among ISPs", and "expanded service to underserved communities", which may require "policy changes".

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.

Verizon Is 'Killing the Copper' and Is Now Denying It

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.11.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon's media department should really read their own CEO's statements before they open their mouths in the press. CEO Lowell McAdam and other senior management have said over and over that the company is "shutting off the copper" to force customers onto Verizon's inferior and expensive wireless services. Yet Verizon is denying that they have such a plan.

Verizon New York Lost $2.5 Billion in Just 2014, and that Might be the Good News

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.05.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon New York's Annual Report for 2014 has just come out and it is a page turner. Let me start with some facts and then answer two questions -- How did Verizon New York lose billions in 2014? Isn't FiOS, Verizon's fiber optic service, profitable?

Verizon's Coverage Area of NYC for Fiber Optic FiOS Is a Miserable 46% to 59%; Upstate NY Is Worse

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.05.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon NY (VNY) is supposed to have 100% of New York City upgraded, replacing the aging copper-based networks with a fiber optic infrastructure for the delivery of a service called FiOS that offers cable TV, High-speed Internet and Digital Phone services.

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 NJ and State Cut Stealth Agreement to Raise Phone Rates

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

erizon and the NJ Board of Public Utilities (BPU) cut a stealth agreement to raise rates on top of previous rate increases of 440 percent. Moreover, the State undercounted the additional charges and fees over the last two decades.

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.

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?

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.

How to Fund an Open, Ubiquitous, Very Fast, Broadband Internet Utility

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.02.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

While it is great that Net Neutrality principles, which means that they can't screw with your Internet service, may be put into effect, it belies the more pervasive problems -- you may not be able to afford (or want to pay for) that service or get that service or have a choice about who offers you that service.

Time Warner Cable's High-Speed Internet 97 Percent Profit Margin is a Big, Bright Red Flag; Critics Rebuked.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.10.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

In the previous article, I laid out excerpts of Time Warner Cable's SEC-filed 2013 Annual Report which detailed TWC's profit margin (revenues minus ex...

Did Verizon Commit Perjury in the Net Neutrality Proceeding About the Use of Title II?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

New Networks Institute has filed a Petition for Investigation with the FCC to examine Verizon's use of Title II and whether the company has committed perjury in the current Net Neutrality, Open Internet Proceeding, (Docket number 14-28).

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.