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Verizon and the NY State Public Service ('Captured') Commission

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.05.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

"Regulatory Capture" is when an industry takes over the regulatory agency that is supposed to be doing oversight of the companies' business practices and is supposed to be protecting the Public Interest.

Building the A Team - Advice for Start-ups

Diane Smith | Posted 06.30.2015 | Technology
Diane Smith

Because we believe that every entrepreneur is a mobile entrepreneur, I am hosting a series of webinars for entrepreneurs with Mobile Future where you can learn more about building the A team - not just top-shelf skills, but also how to attract, compensate and retain great talent.

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.

Did AT&T, Verizon, Et al., Garner Over $17 Billion in 'Very Small Business' Spectrum Licenses?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.11.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

How did the largest phone companies end up saving billions from discounts on wireless spectrum licenses that were supposed to be reserved for 'very small companies'?

Telecom Sleaze: ALEC and Its Communication's Funders -- AT&T, Verizon, Centurylink, Comcast and Time Warner Cable

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.02.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

But it is ALEC that should cease operations and everyone reading this must ask -- why is the Department of Justice (DOJ) not investigating ALEC and its corporate communications members and funders -- AT&T, Verizon, Centurylink, Comcast & Time Warner Cable?

Six Lawsuits Against the FCC Over Net Neutrality -- and Counting

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

I would argue that it is time for more lawsuits, but right now they are going in the wrong direction. The FCC should be taking the companies to court and starting the process of separating the companies from their control over critical infrastructure -- that we paid extra for, over and over.

Where To Place Your Router To Get The Absolute Best WiFi Connection

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 03.27.2015 | Technology

Your WiFi router is almost certainly in the wrong spot in your home.

Protecting the Internet via the Upcoming FCC Vote

Craig Newmark | Posted 04.20.2015 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Long story short, this is about saving the Net for regular people, versus providing privileges for companies that spend lots of money lobbying in Washington and misinforming the American public.

What a Google Wireless Plan Might Look Like

Michael Flores | Posted 04.20.2015 | Technology
Michael Flores

Google Wireless is going to disrupt the high end of the market with better plans and data options, and use that to sell phones directly to consumers that run an Android experience that, for the first time, Google can update and control easily.

Internet of Things: Ready for Lift Off

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 04.14.2015 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

With 25 billion "things" already connected, the fast-emerging Internet of Things ecosystem is a new hub for mobile innovation and economic growth. But what exactly are all of these gadgets connecting to the web?

The Role of User Experience in a 'Workplace Unplugged'

Sarah Deane | Posted 03.17.2015 | Technology
Sarah Deane

Welcome 2015. I remember when 2015 seemed so far away, yet here it is. Do you remember when you would wake up and you didn't have a phone to check? You would arrive at the office and sit at your desk to work on your daily tasks.

2015: The Trend Line for Communications Services -- Phone, Broadband, Internet, Cable TV & Wireless -- Sucks

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 03.09.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

As a telecom analyst for over 30+ years, I've been tracking the trend lines of communications services. And from the customer perspective -- your perspective -- 2015 will be like watching a train wreck in slow motion -- and continue over the next few years.

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.

The Plot for Tech to Drive You Crazy

Robin Raskin | Posted 02.15.2015 | Technology
Robin Raskin

I bought my eighty-something-year-old mom her own iPad this year thinking about how much joy it would give her. First task was to get some music. Do you have any idea how many passwords it takes to get a song off the web?

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.

Close the Broadband Gap

Jim Steyer | Posted 01.19.2015 | Education
Jim Steyer

In the 21st century, it's hard to imagine a corporate world where only one-third of businesses could access high-speed Internet and the rest were relegated to dial-up speeds. Yet that's essentially the reality for our nation's schools.

What Do a Keyboard, Range Extender and 'Free' TV Have in Common? Absolutely Nothing!

Michael L. Berman | Posted 12.30.2014 | Technology
Michael L. Berman

We in Jocgeekland have been playing with a few items that have absolutely nothing in common, other than their appeal to those of us that salivate over...

The Book of Broken Promises: $400 Billion Broadband Scandal and Free the Net

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 11.17.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

By the end of 2014, America will have been charged about $400 billion by the local phone incumbents, Verizon, AT&T and CenturyLink, for a fiber optic future that never showed up.

New Tech Makes Routers Powerhouses for WiFi

Michael L. Berman | Posted 11.08.2014 | Technology
Michael L. Berman

We recently played with three of the newer generation routers from Netgear, Linksys and D-Link and, although they all had one clear objective - - - to make wireless connections more accessible in larger homes and offices - - - each had one or two features to separate it from the pack.

3 Awesome Tech Gadgets You Need Now

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 11.05.2014 | Technology
Rabbi Jason Miller

I'm a tech geek and nothing gets me as excited as stumbling upon a new gadget. I'm interested in just about anything cool that has an on/off switch, d...

Remembering a Few Things We Forgot

Michael L. Berman | Posted 10.15.2014 | Technology
Michael L. Berman

We dove into our piles of gadgets and discovered we unintentionally left four noteworthy items out of our past blogs. There are probably more, but we haven't yet worked our way down to the deepest depths of the piles of boxes in our office.

Answering the Public's Call

Jeffrey Zients | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey Zients

The story of how we broke through Washington gridlock to restore the freedom of consumers to take their mobile phone wherever they choose is one worth telling, and a model worth repeating.

Strategic Higher Education CIOs Invest In Technology To Improve Student Success

Vala Afshar | Posted 09.29.2014 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Today's college students are mobile. Whether in class, relaxing in their living group, exercising in the gym, studying in the library, shopping in tow...

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...

What Is Wardriving?

Robert Siciliano | Posted 09.04.2014 | Technology
Robert Siciliano

Wireless networks have certainly brought a lot of convenience to our lives, allowing us to work and surf from almost anywhere. But unfortunately, wireless connectivity has also brought convenience to hackers, giving them the opportunity to capture all data we type into our connected computers and devices through the air.