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CWA Backs Telco Play to Keep Special Access Rates Inflated.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 10.05.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

I received an email from the Communications Workers of America (CWA) asking me to sign a petition to stop the FCC proposed plans pertaining to "specia...

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...

Verizon, Fiber, Boston, Wireless: History Repeats Itself, Yet Again.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.09.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

The Boston Herald, February 8, 1995 "Verizon plans to offer cable television to customers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts - starting with Somervil...

Verizon's Boston Faux-FiOS, "One Fiber" Strategy Exposed

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.31.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Lowell McAdam, Verizon Communications' Chairman and CEO, second quarter, 2016 earnings call, July, 26th, 2016: "You saw the first fruits of this stra...

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 09.14.2016 | 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 08.29.2016 | 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 08.23.2016 | 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...