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Should Verizon be Allowed to Buy Yahoo When it Failed to Upgrade and Maintain America's East Coast?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.25.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

The Wall Street Journal, July 24th, 2016, writes that Verizon is planning on buying Yahoo, the web portal and search engine. "Verizon Finalizes $4.8 ...

5G Wireless, the IP Transition and Broadband Data Services Impacted by Cross-Subsidies

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.12.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Read Filing Read CFA-NNI Joint Comments New Networks Institute (NNI) today filed comments with the FCC in a cluster of active proceedings that are a...

New Verizon 2015 Financial Report: Massive 'Special Access' and 'Local Service' Cross-Subsidies

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.06.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

This is an except from the recently released Verizon New York 2015 Financial Annual Report, which was filed with the NY Public Service Commission (NYP...

AT&T and Verizon's Wireline and Wireless Cross-Subsidies Harm Competition and Every Communications Service You Use

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.06.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Let me explain why all of your communications rates keep going up or why there are 'data caps' imposed, and why many customers have overcharges on wireless.

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.'

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.

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.

I'm "Guilty Until Proven Innocent," Claims the FCC Order

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.13.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Imagine you are in a kangaroo court and the judge and those across the aisle are in bed with each other and have decided -- you are guilty first, even...

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.

AT&T & Verizon, With the FCC, Blocked My Access to Critical Broadband Data

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.18.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T and Verizon, with the help of the FCC, have 'run out the clock', blocking me from examining the newly collected data from companies that purchase 'special access' services from AT&T and Verizon.

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 Slams AT&T. AT&T & Verizon File to Block Kushnick from the FCC's "Special Access" Data... Again.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 01.05.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

On October 15th, 2002 -- over 13 years ago -- AT&T filed a Petition with the FCC to investigate the "special access" services that are controlled by the "Bell" companies, now AT&T, Verizon and Centurylink.

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 Has Filed Another Letter With the FCC to Block Our Access to "Special Access" Data

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 11.18.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon has decided that I should not see the information recently collected by the FCC about special access services. In fact, Verizon has added us ...

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.

AT&T to FCC: Stop Kushnick From Examining the Special Access Data

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 10.15.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

It isn't every day that AT&T mentions my name in an official 'objection' that requests that I be prohibited from seeing the 'special access' data recently compiled by the FCC.

The Hidden Cost of Internet Connection: Will the FCC Intervene?

Edward J. Black | Posted 10.08.2015 | Technology
Edward J. Black

While many consumers complain about the cost of both their wired broadband and mobile broadband services, it's up to the FCC to support more competition so that companies naturally have more incentive to offer better rates and service.

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.

Verizon's Fiber Optic Networks Are 'Title II' -- Here's What the FCC Should Do

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

To be blunt, Verizon has gamed the entire regulatory process via "Title Shopping" in the Open Internet docket and in many other ongoing proceedings that impact all of America's communications.

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...

How Verizon and AT&T Control Communications by Manipulating 'Special Access' -- Is Special Access Really $60 Billion in the US?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 09.05.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Sweetheart Deals: The Wireless Company Collusive Ties with the Special Access Wires. Part IX in the series based on the new report "It's All Intercon...

Verizon New York's Multiple Financial Books Reveal "Black Hole Revenues".

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.31.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

"Follow the Money" Trail of Verizon's Affiliates Exposes a Financial Shell Game. Part VII in the series based on the new report "It's All Interconnec...

'Special Excess': The Secret Broadband, Internet, Cable, Wireless and Phone Networks

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.08.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Forget about the NSA and the phone networks. There's another secret network you should know about. I call it "special excess," though it's known in the telecom industry as "special access." You won't hear about these secret wires.