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

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 10.19.2014 | 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.

AT&T's Top 13 Broken Promises. DIRECTV Merger? 'Giga'-Me-a-Break!

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 10.01.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T must be investigated for its previous failures to fulfill basic commitments in prior mergers, especially the AT&T-BellSouth merger. And the states should go back and examine whether customers have been paying extra for decades based on commitments never fulfilled.

Allow Municipalities the Chance to Build Broadband Networks

Mike Montgomery | Posted 09.24.2014 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

There are good arguments to be made on both sides of the municipal broadband issue, but stopping community projects due to a misguided argument about states' rights isn't one of them.

Fast Lane, Slow Lane -- "No Lane" -- End Game in Telecommunications

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 09.23.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Forget about Net Neutrality's fast lane vs slow lane. We are at the end game in telecommunications and we should all be talking about the "No Lane."

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

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 09.17.2014 | 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.

An Effective Referee for the Internet

David Balto | Posted 09.17.2014 | Business
David Balto

The Internet is the model of a competitive market particularly because our referees have a narrowly defined and limited role. Let's keep it that way. We enjoy watching the competitors, not the referees.

Riding the Back of the Digital Bus

Preeti Vissa | Posted 09.17.2014 | Technology
Preeti Vissa

Until now, consumers have been able to use any device and access any content on the Internet on an equal basis. Those protections could all go away, depending on what the FCC decides. What the companies want, it turns out, is no rules at all -- or at least rules so weak and vague that they can't be enforced in any meaningful way.

Providing a Lifeline to Broadband Internet Access

Wade Henderson, Esq. | Posted 09.12.2014 | Technology
Wade Henderson, Esq.

Modernizing Lifeline is within the FCC's mandate as the administrator of the Lifeline program. Chairman Wheeler should focus on real modernization and ignore politically motivated attempts to deny telephone service to low-income people.

David Brancaccio Lets Us Down

David Morris | Posted 09.09.2014 | Media
David Morris

Tens of thousands of precedents exist public ownership and they are indeed interesting. But a listener to Brancaccio could not be faulted for coming away with the impression that public enterprises are few and far between.

This November We Can Reclaim Local Authority Over the Internet

David Morris | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics
David Morris

It's true that some public networks have had significant financial losses, although it is usually bondholders, not taxpayers who feel the pain. But compared to the track record of private telecoms, public sector management looks like a paragon of financial probity.

Thank You, Black Internet, for Bringing #Ferguson to Me

Malkia A. Cyril | Posted 10.15.2014 | Black Voices
Malkia A. Cyril

Some think we shouldn't do everything possible to protect the Open Internet from the predatory schemes of big ISPs. I disagree. I think we should protect Black independent digital voices, by any means necessary.

How the FCC Can Save Net Neutrality and Still Ruin the Internet

Mike Montgomery | Posted 10.15.2014 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

I'm pro-net neutrality, but anti-1934-style strangulation. Where does that leave me? According to the approaches under consideration, I may soon be a man without a country. Good thing the Internet, at least for now, doesn't require a passport.

90's Internet Nostalgia: "Who's on the Phone, I Can't Log on"

Kristian Ramos | Posted 10.04.2014 | Technology
Kristian Ramos

Continuing to rely on the same old wired telephone regulations to govern a world where consumers communicate in different forms, and over various platforms and services, no longer makes sense.

The Civil Rights Fight of the Information Age

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

Very soon the Federal Communications Commission will either empower minority voices on the Internet and help close the digital divide, or it will make it easier for communications giants to silence and exclude those communities from the free or low-priced content now on the web.

Who Should Decide? States' Rights, Local Authority and the Future of the Internet

David Morris | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
David Morris

Republicans and private telecoms maintain that cities lack the capacity to build and manage broadband networks. They're empirically wrong. Of the 160 municipally owned broadband networks, the successes vastly outnumber the failures.

Net Neutrality's Brain Drain and Distraction

Jason A. Llorenz | Posted 09.21.2014 | Technology
Jason A. Llorenz

As a national community, we debate and think often about the impact of the Internet on our lives. The issues that emerge in those conversations are tied to real needs - for affordable connectivity, access to laptops and mobile tech for learning and business.

How The Internet Of Everything Is Helping Humankind

Tae Yoo | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Tae Yoo

Imagine an 8.2-magnitude earthquake hits suddenly, triggering landslides, cutting power, toppling buildings and causing human havoc. Now imagine the 60 seconds before the first jolts.

"Title Shopping" Exposed: Verizon's FiOS is Based on a Title II, FTTP Network. Shame They Never Told the Court, the FCC or the Public.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 09.14.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

After going through thousands of pages of Verizon's statements, filings at the FCC, and court documents, even listening to the oral arguments made by their lawyers, we can not find one place where Verizon told the regulators or the courts that Verizon's entire wireline FiOS deployment in every state is based on Title II.

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...

How Verizon's Affiliates Took over this Broadband, Internet and Phone Bill.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.31.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Part VI,b in the series based on the new report "It's All Interconnected". Go to questions, Part VI,a See the Verizon Bill Full Size Here are the...

Verizon Phone Bill Quiz: You Won't Get Any Answers Right.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.31.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Meet Verizon's Subsidiaries-- Who have taken Control of the Wires, Your Services, and Caused Net Neutrality. Part VI,a in the series based on the...

Questions Every Time Warner and Comcast Franchise Area Should Ask Before a Merger Is Considered

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.15.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

The Social Contract was signed in 1995 to settle disagreements as the cable companies wanted to offer new services and wire the schools but wanted rate increases, above and beyond normal rate increases.

AT&T Can 'Say Anything': AT&T IP Transition Trials and the Direct TV Merger Documents Contradict Previous Broadband Commitments.

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.12.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T has asked the FCC to let it start a 'transition' of its networks, moving to all 'Internet-based' (IP) services, with 'trials' to start in Alabama...

New Jersey's Consumer Advocate Takes the Verizon-NJ Board of Public Utilities' 'Stipulation Agreement' to Court

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.08.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

On May 27, 2014, the New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel filed with the Superior Court, Appellate Division, a Notice of Appeal to halt a stipulation agreement between the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) and Verizon New Jersey (VNJ) to erase a 20+ year plan called Opportunity New Jersey.

Did Verizon Short Change "Upstate" New York and are POTS Customers and Low Income Families Paying for Fiber Optic Services They Will Never Get?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.01.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Part III of a new series based on the new report: "It's all Interconnected." While America ponders the impacts that might happen if the Net Neutralit...