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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,...

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.

Are the Salaries of Verizon's Executives Being Charged to Low Income Families?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.01.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

While I personally don't care how much someone makes a year or their net worth, in this case, I care when the salaries and other compensation somehow end up being paid for by local phone customers in an expense item called "Corporate Operations.'

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.

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.

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?

Verizon's Memo to Staff About FiOS: "Trust the Facts." What About the Truth?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 10.19.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Click for Verizon's "Trust the Facts". Verizon created "Trust the Facts", a fact sheet and talking points for the Verizon staff. It appears to be ba...

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.

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

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.30.2015 | 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.'

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

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.01.2016 | 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 06.21.2016 | 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.

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.

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

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.05.2016 | 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 06.04.2016 | 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.

Verizon's 'Pick Your Own Cable TV Channels' Is Just Another Bait & Switch -- Read the Fine Print

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.21.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

This plan's advertised price cost is $10.00 and yet the actual costs to the customer are $32.00, hiding a whopping 220% above this advertised price. Is this 'fair and reasonable'? Is this deceptive advertising? Where are the savings for buying this 'slim package'?

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.

Verizon's Morse Code Press Release Telegraph's the Claims of Perjury

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.01.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

On February 26th, 2015, Verizon put out a press release claiming that the FCC's Net Neutrality decision was a "throwback that imposes 1930's rules on the Internet". And they put out an additional release in the language of a telegraph to reinforce this view point.

Verizon: Show Us the Money (The "Title II" Money Trail Exposed)

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.26.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon has told the FCC, the public, or anyone else who will listen, that imposing 'utility-style regulations', sometimes referred to as 'Title II", on broadband providers -- will harm investment.

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).