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Verizon Has Been on the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) for 16 Years. What the...?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

An ugly pattern has emerged: Phone, cable, broadband, ISP, and wireless companies, their industry associations, not to mention compromised consumer as well as astroturf groups have been on the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) over the last decade+.

Escaping the Digital Media ‘Crap Trap’

The Information | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.19.2016 | Healthy Living

Digital media companies are caught in the "crap trap," mass-producing trashy clickbait so they can claim huge audiences and often higher valuations....

I Suspended My AT&T Account, But They Charged Me Anyway

Christopher Elliott | Posted 04.14.2016 | Business
Christopher Elliott

When Peter Erdos suspends his AT&T account, it keeps charging him anyway. Why won't it fix the billing error? Question: I have a cell phone with AT&T....

Get Off Your Phone

David Wygant | Posted 04.12.2016 | Los Angeles
David Wygant

This is a plea to all of you, every single one of you that is reading this right now: Get off your phone. Yes, sure, I want you to read this, but a...

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.)

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.

Images: How They Help and Hinder

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 03.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Success often depends on our ability to present a socially acceptable image. Ideally, our social image aligns with our authentic self or essence.

This Is Why You Don't Check Your Phone During Sex

The Huffington Post | John Trowbridge | Posted 03.25.2016 | Comedy

Having trouble with checking your phone during sex? You're not alone! That sugar-sweet dopamine that releases in your brain when you hear your phone b...

This Store Doesn't Have Any Cashiers

The Huffington Post | Ishita Singh | Posted 03.14.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

A convenience store in Viken, Sweden relies on technology, and customers' good faith, to pay for items. There are no cashiers -- instead, shoppers use...

Should You Check Your Phone Before Bed? Here's A Flowchart

The Huffington Post | Jamie Feldman | Posted 02.23.2016 | Healthy Living

Shutting your phone down for the night and truly unplugging before bed can be challenging to say the least. You might even wonder if you actually need...

Bill Murray Throws Fans' Phones Off Rooftop After They Take Photos Of Him

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 02.12.2016 | Entertainment

Note to self: never take a photo of Bill Murray unless you have permission. A few unsuspecting fans learned that the hard way when they tried to take ...

Someone Wrote A Sketchy Guide For Evading New Rules On Prison Phone Costs

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Someone has a clever plan -- outlined in a mysterious, unsigned document -- to help prisons and jails evade Obama administration regulat...

My AT&T Phone Isn't Insured After All

Christopher Elliott | Posted 01.07.2016 | Business
Christopher Elliott

Justin's phone is stolen. But no worries -- he has insurance. Oh wait, no he doesn't. Is he out of luck?

The Amazing Thing That Happened When I Locked My Cell Phone In My Car

Teresa Kindred | Posted 12.19.2015 | Fifty
Teresa Kindred

I was mad that my cell phone was locked in my car. I couldn't scroll Facebook or other social media. I couldn't check my email. I couldn't even call someone or text without asking to borrow a phone. Without my cell phone I felt like I was sitting in that restaurant stark naked and I didn't like it one bit.

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 Files a 'Me Too' Objection with the FCC: Block Kushnick's Access to the Special Access Data

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 10.23.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

The FCC is finally making available a database of collected information about special access lines and services, which, according to the FCC, has hit $40 billion in revenues.

Why I Broke Up With My Smartphone Today

David Wygant | Posted 10.07.2015 | Los Angeles
David Wygant

Wherever we go, whenever we're waiting anywhere, we're constantly looking at our phones. Whether it's checking out some narcissistic comment on Facebook, or somebody's selfie on Instagram.

Should AT&T Refund Mom's Phone?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 08.20.2015 | Business
Christopher Elliott

This is one of those situations where the company is both right and wrong. It correctly charged your parents for their service, but it also failed to adequately disclose all the terms of the contract to two octogenarians.

Lebanese Journalists Union Elections: Rerun, Rehash, Rejection

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.17.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The campaign's aim is to change the makeup of the very clubby syndicate that benefits only a handful of its executives, some members and quite a few flunkies. It's headed by the just-re-elected Elias Aoun.

I Do It For My Aunt Ethel

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.31.2015 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

I started to reflect on how I ended up in the mess -- this personal journey about my love and obsession with, well, telecommunications (though you may call it broadband, Internet, cable, wireless, etc).

This Is The Pathetic Desperation You Feel When Your Phone Is About To Die

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 07.31.2015 | Comedy

Nobody panic. Everyone relax. EVERYONE EFFING RELAX!! When your phone's about to die, and you still have unfinished phone business to attend to, you h...

The International WiFi Struggle

College Tourist | Posted 07.11.2016 | Travel
College Tourist

It all sounds trivial, but I've made friends with Germans in Amsterdam, bonded with Kiwis in Copenhagen and gotten to know Brits in Madrid all because we were trying to figure out how to log in to the hostel's WiFi.

Home Alone

Jerry Zezima | Posted 07.08.2016 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

If Hollywood wants to make another "Home Alone" movie, this time with the Macaulay Culkin character all grown up but no more mature than he was as an 8-year-old in the 1990 original, I would be happy to take the role.

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?

Mom's the Word for Kitty

Jerry Zezima | Posted 06.01.2015 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

At the risk of starting a scandal involving promiscuous sex and teenage pregnancy, I have been living in a cathouse for almost two decades. And the madam of the establishment was the mother of nine children.