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11/29/2016 04:21 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

FCC Transition Leader Jeff Eisenach Works for Verizon, Not the Public.

  • The FCC's long standing mission statement: To encourage competition in all communications markets and to protect the public interest.
  • The Communications Act of 1934, Title 1, Section 1, as amended: To ensure that the American people have available - at reasonable costs and without discrimination - rapid, efficient, nation- and world-wide communication services; whether by radio, television, wire, satellite, or cable.

Should Congress start investigations as to whether a paid consultant to Verizon and other communications companies should lead the FCC's transition team, a government agency that is charged with protecting the public interest? (See our previous article.)

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A Partial List of Work

(NOTE: These listings specifically mention both Eisenach and Verizon. There are a host of other documents published by NERA, AEI and other organizations through 2015 that also may have been funded by Verizon.)

  • March 12, 2013: In the Matter of Special Access for Price Cap Local Exchange Carriers, AT&T Corporation Petition for Rulemaking to Reform Regulation of Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier Rates for Interstate Special Access Services, Federal Communications Commission, WC Docket No. 05-25, RM-10593 Expert Declaration of Jeffrey A. Eisenach (with Kevin W. Caves) on Behalf of Verizon Communications and Verizon Wireless
  • October, 2012: Broadband Competition in the Internet Ecosystem, AEI, Partial support for an earlier version of this paper was provided by Verizon Communications.
  • March 1, 2012: Order Instituting Rulemaking to Evaluate Telecommunications Corporations Service Quality Performance and Consider Modification to Service Quality Rules, Before the California Public Service Commission, Rulemaking 11-12-001, Reply Declaration of Jeffrey A. Eisenach on Behalf of Verizon Communications
  • February 2012: The Impact of Liberalizing Price Controls on Local Telephone Service: An Empirical Analysis, Kevin W. Caves, co-authored with Jeffrey A. Eisenach. Prepared with support from Verizon Communications.
  • January 31, 2012: Order Instituting Rulemaking to Evaluate Telecommunications Corporations Service Quality Performance and Consider Modification to Service Quality Rules, Before the California Public Service Commission, Rulemaking 11-12-001, Expert Declaration of Jeffrey A. Eisenach on Behalf of Verizon Communications
  • April 2011: Evaluating the Cost-Effectiveness of RUS Broadband Subsidies: Three Case Studies (Prepared with support from The National Cable & Telecommunications Association, (NCTA) co-authored with Jeffrey A. Eisenach.)
  • May 10, 2010: In the Matter of International Comparison and Consumer Survey Requirements in the Broadband Data Improvement Act, Federal Communications Commission GN Docket No. 09-47, Supplemental 7 Declaration Regarding the Berkman Center Study (NBP Public Notice 13) (with R. Crandall, E. Ehrlich and A. Ingraham) on Behalf of Verizon Communications
  • April 12, 2010: Net Neutrality: The Economic Evidence, Expert Declaration in the Matters of Preserving the Open Internet and Broadband Industry Practices, GN Docket No. 09-191 and WC Docket No. 07-52 (with Brito et al.) Prepared with support from Verizon Communications.
  • April 2010: Modeling the Welfare Effects of Net Neutrality Regulation: A Comment on Economides and Tåg (Prepared with support from Verizon Communications.)
  • November 16, 2009: Declaration of Robert W. Crandall, Everett M. Ehrlich and Jeffrey A. Eisenach Regarding the Berkman Center Study (NBP Public Notice 13) National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and United States Telecom Association (USTA) (cable and phone company associations).
  • VITA 2009: Testimony, Government Filings and Expert Reports

  • March 13, 2009: Comments on the Virginia State Corporation Commission's Second Order for Notice and Hearing In Re: Revisions of Rules for Local Exchange Telecommunications Company Service Quality Standards, On Behalf of Verizon Virginia
  • September 24, 2008: In the Matter of the Appropriate Forms of Regulating Telephone Companies, Maryland Public Service Commission, Case No. 9133, Rebuttal Testimony on Behalf of Verizon Maryland
  • August 21, 2008: Comments on the Virginia State Corporation Commission's Proposed Service Quality Rules for Traditional Landline Telecommunications, On Behalf of Verizon Virginia
  • July 25, 2008: In re: Complaint and request for emergency relief against Verizon Florida, LLC for anticompetitive behavior in violation of Sections 364.01(4), 364.3381, and 364.10, F.S., and for failure to facilitate transfer of customers' numbers to Bright House Networks Information Services (Florida), LLC, and its affiliate, Bright House Networks, LLC, Florida Public Service Commission, Docket No. 070691-TP, Rebuttal Testimony on Behalf of Verizon Florida
  • July 8, 2008: In the Matter of the Appropriate Forms of Regulating Telephone Companies, Maryland Public Service Commission, Case No. 9133, Direct Testimony on Behalf of Verizon Maryland
  • February 29, 2008: In the Matter of Bright House Networks LLC. et al v. Verizon California et al, Federal Communications Commission File No. EB-08-MD-002, Expert Declaration on Behalf of Verizon Communications
  • • January 31, 2008: In the Matter of Verizon's 2007 Price Cap Plan for the Provision of Local Telecommunications Services in the District Of Columbia, District of Columbia Public Service Commission, Formal Case No. 1057, Rebuttal Testimony On behalf of Verizon
  • December 7, 2007: In the Matter of Verizon's 2007 Price Cap Plan for the Provision of Local Telecommunications Services in the District Of Columbia, District of Columbia Public Service Commission, Formal Case No. 1057, Direct Testimony On behalf of Verizon
  • November 19, 2007: In the Matter of the Commission's Investigation Into Verizon Maryland, Inc.'s Affiliate Relationships, Maryland Public Service Commission, Case No. 9120, Rebuttal Testimony On behalf of Verizon
  • November 16, 2007: On Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Pacific Bell Telephone Company d/b/a AT&T California, et al., Petitioners, v. Linkline Communications, Inc., et al., Respondents, Brief of Amici Curiae Professors and Scholars in Law and Economics in Support of the Petitioners (with R. Bork, G. Sidak, et al)
  • October 29, 2007: In the Matter of the Commission's Investigation Into Verizon Maryland, Inc.'s Affiliate Relationships, Maryland Public Service Commission, Case No. 9120, Direct Testimony On behalf of Verizon
  • July 16, 2007: Application of Verizon Virginia, Inc. and Verizon South for a Determination that Retail Services Are Competitive and Deregulating and Detariffing of the Same, State Corporation Commission of Virginia, Case No. PUC-2007-00008, Rebuttal Report On behalf of Verizon
  • June 2007: The Effects of Providing Universal Service Subsidies to Wireless Carriers (Prepared with support from Verizon Communications, co-authored with Jeffrey A. Eisenach).
  • January 17, 2007: Application of Verizon Virginia, Inc. and Verizon South for a Determination that Retail Services Are Competitive and Deregulating and Detariffing of the Same, State Corporation Commission of Virginia, Case No. PUC-2007-00008, Expert Testimony and Report On behalf of Verizon
  • • December 2003: In the Matter of Review of the Commission's Rules Regarding the Pricing of Unbundled Network Elements and the Resale of Service by Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers, WC Docket No. 03-173, Declaration of Jeffrey A. Eisenach and Janusz R. Mrozek, Federal Communications Commission On behalf of Verizon

The New York Times Compiled this Dossier.

Failure to Disclose: No Mention Verizon is a Primary Client.

Should Congress investigate Eisenach et al. for their failure to properly disclose their ties with these corporations at congressional hearings and government agency meetings? And, have there been violations of the non-profit, tax-exempt status of the various organizations these consultants are affiliated with?

These are just two instances we found where Jeffrey Eisenach presented 'expertise' but failed to identify the fact that one of his major paid clients was Verizon.

  • September 17, 2014: Statement before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary On "Why Net Neutrality Matters: Protecting Consumers and Competition Through Meaningful Open Internet Rules" Testimony of Jeffrey A. Eisenach, Ph.D. Visiting Scholar American Enterprise Institute
  • April 21, 2010: Testimony on Deployment of Broadband Communications Networks, Before the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, Committee on Energy and Commerce, United States House of Representatives.