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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...

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 ...

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.

Time Warner Cable-Charter Merger? History Says: You Got to be Kidding!

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.31.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

I am an annoyed Time Warner Cable customer whose current Triple Play service, that had an $89.99 advertised priced, is now costing me $211.27. That is a 135% increase over the advertised price in just a few years, and it continues to climb. And somehow making this company larger through a merger with Charter helps because...?

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.

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...

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.

You Just Realized You Signed A Bad Deal On Your Car. Now What?

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 04.29.2015 | Business

Car buying can be a nightmare -- everybody knows that.

Time Warner Cable's Advertised $89.99 Triple Play: Now $190.77. What the F@$#X$!?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.18.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

You can never, ever get the advertised price because it doesn't include many of the fixed costs, like the set top box, not to mention it is littered with pass-throughs of the company's taxes and fees, including the cable franchise fees.

Show Me the Money: Verizon Opportunity New Jersey Fiber Optic Overcharging: Over $15 Billion and Counting

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.27.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Imagine if your business profits doubled or tripled in one year without you doing anything extra, and it stayed that way for years.

When Doctors Become Salesmen, Patients Pay the Price

David Magee | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business
David Magee

I ran the numbers. My 20 percent co-pay on their inflated price was more than I would have paid had I bought it online and left my insurance company out of it. It gnawed at me.

How We Can Stop Hospitals From Over-Billing

David Belk | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Belk

I think there's one thing everyone should agree on though: No matter how we end up paying for our health care, we can afford a lot more of it once we stop being overcharged so much for what we're getting.

What Safeway Doesn't Want You To Know

Posted 12.21.2012 | Business

One of the country's largest supermarket chains doesn't seem to be learning its lesson. Following multiple lawsuits, failed inspections and an unde...

AT&T's $14 Billion Dollar 'Bribe' to Get Rid of Telecom Regulations Is a Multi-Layered Hoax

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 01.09.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Kushnick's Law states: "A regulated company will always renege on promises to provide public benefits tomorrow in exchange for regulatory and financia...

$360 Billion Dollars in Customer Overcharging From Broadband -- and Counting

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.11.2012 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

The Republican and Democratic parties should be investigating the caretakers of America's essential infrastructure, not kowtow to their whims.

Man Gets $6,000 Refund After Comcast Bill Mishap

The Huffington Post | Craig Kanalley | Posted 09.05.2012 | Money

An 86-year-old man in Alabama is getting a $6,000-plus refund from Comcast after a mistake with his cable bill. While paying online, Joseph Azzem a...