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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 07.15.2015 | 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 07.01.2015 | 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.

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

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.19.2015 | 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 06.17.2015 | 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 06.08.2015 | 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 06.08.2015 | 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 06.05.2015 | 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.

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

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.22.2015 | 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).

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.

Update: Verizon's CFO Sticks His Foot in His Mouth Over Title II and Investment -- Where's the Investigations?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.13.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

On Dec. 9, 2014, Verizon's CFO Francis Shammo was speaking at the UBS 42nd Annual Global Media & Communications Conference for investors and made a comment -- even if the networks were to be reclassified as "Title II" in the Net Neutrality proceedings, it would not harm or influence investment.

The Title II Services to Be Provided Over Verizon's FTTP Network...

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 09.21.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick{033F8E1A-64F5-4B13-A8E7-580EA453AADF} Verizon claims Title II is bad and will harm i...

Verizon's FiOS Fiber to the Premise (FTTP) Networks are Already Title II in Massachusetts, Maryland, Florida, New Jersey, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, New York...

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 09.18.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

While Verizon has continuously told anyone who will listen that using the Title II classification for its broadband networks would harm innovation and investment, Verizon appears to have failed to disclose a basic fact to regulators and the courts.

Verizon Questions Our Accuracy: We Challenge Verizon to a Debate

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.08.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Here is a letter from Verizon to the Huffington Post editors, followed by my reply: Ed McFadden, Verizon Communications: I run media affairs for V...

Deny the Merger: The Collusion of Verizon-Wired & Verizon Wireless with Comcast and Time Warner.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 09.05.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Open the Networks for Direct Competition: The AOL-Time Warner Merger was Never Enforced. UPDATE to Part IV in the series based on the new report "I...

Verizon's "Cut the Copper" Stealth Plan: Thousands Were Held Hostage with No Phone Service for Months

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 09.04.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon didn't tell the whole truth in their filing to 'shut off the copper'. Update of Part V of the series based on the report "It's All Interconn...