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R."I.P." Rest in Peace, AT&T IP Transition Trials.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.01.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

It is time for the FCC to stop talking about the IP Transition and investigate how AT&T et al. have been using the IP Transition as a way to remove re...

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...

Verizon CWA and IBEW Union Members Go on Strike: America's Communications Future Is at Stake.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.13.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Whether you do or do not care about unions or their members, this is more about a plan by Verizon to eliminate expenses and the networks that they don't want to maintain or even upgrade, even though you paid for that to happen multiple times.

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.

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.

Verizon Wireless's 5G Deployment is a 1 Gig Fairy Tale.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 01.07.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Did you know that 100 Mbps was the original speed touted by Verizon for 4G LTE, starting around 2009? Yet, by 2015, America's average for 4G LTE speed...

AT&T's Fiber Optic Construction Last Six Years -- $140 Billion, or One Slice of Pizza and "FiberHype"?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.13.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T has just announced yet another round of new plans to deploy fiber optic services in a slew of additional cities, what I now refer to as "FiberHyp...

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.

AT&T's 'IP Transition' Trials Appear to Be a Total Bomb

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 10.12.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Question: Do people really want the "IP Transition" as told by AT&T? Short Answer: No one cares. Answer: AT&T chose two locations, Carbon Hill, Al...

Uh-oh! Verizon NY's Local Service Network Expenses Were $9.8 Billion From 2009-2014, Not $200 Million.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 09.06.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

This means that Local Service, in just New York State, could have been overcharged $9.8 billion dollars from 2009-2014. It also means that the multiple rate increases since 2006 on regular local phone service, totaling about $750.00 a line, was probably just customer overcharging.

Deceptive Accounting Used by Verizon: Wired 'Access Lines' Have Been Dramatically Increasing, Not Decreasing

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 09.04.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon has been claiming over and over that the company has been losing access lines.

A Toast! To the International Year of Light

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 07.29.2016 | Technology
The University of Central Florida Forum

As part of this yearlong observance, I encourage everyone at UCF to be more of a player in light and promote the optics industry. The university already has shown leadership through the establishment of its College of Optics and Photonics, the first college in the nation devoted to the subjects of light and photonics.

New York City Fiber Optic Smackdown: Verizon & the USTA vs the City of N.Y.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.28.2016 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

The idea that only one class of wires -- regular, POTS, local phone voice calling access lines -- are now the foundation and criteria for 'shutting off the copper' or to be used as the principle policy driver, is ludicrous.

Did Verizon NY, (With Help from NY State), Overcharge Phone Customers Over $752.00 for FiOS Services Most Will Never Get?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.15.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

In 2009, I came across a rate increase on Verizon New York's regular, residential local phone service which was granted by the NYPSC. It was based on Verizon's claims that they had undertaken a "massive deployment of fiber optics" and had major financial 'losses.'

Stop the AT&T-DirecTV Merger or History Will Slap Us in the Face

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.10.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

The web is abuzz with two recent filings by AT&T -- which are being done as a desperate attempt to close the AT&T-DirecTV merger.

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

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.18.2016 | 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 06.16.2016 | 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."

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

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.07.2016 | 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 06.07.2016 | 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.

China Will Spend $182 Billion To Boost Internet Speeds

Reuters | Posted 05.20.2016 | Technology

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will spend more than $182 billion to boost Internet speeds by the end of 2017, a top government body said, as Beijing moves ...

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.

5 Newsworthy Privacy Stories Today

Mark Weinstein | Posted 05.09.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

In addition to my regular HuffPost musings, this marks the first of a series of weekly columns designed to quickly and dare I say entertainingly help us all be aware of a few most important privacy-related stories, good and/or bad.

Net-"Sue-Me"-Neutrality: Get Ready for the Spring Offensive

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Once the entire Open Internet (Net Neutrality) rules are put out (we have only an outline as of this writing), you can expect a lawyers' banquet, a feeding frenzy where they will file and file and file.