Let’s just call it Break Up AT&T et al…. Again.

Big Tech Vs Big Telecom

Over the last few years there has been a call to go after “Big Tech” companies, including Google, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter. The “FTC” (“Federal Trade Commission”, as opposed to the “FCC”, the “Federal Communications Commission”) and Attorney General offices around the US are actively going after Facebook, and there are other cases against Amazon and Google, claiming…

The Case to Break Up Big Telecom & Cable Starts Now.

The IRREGULATORS will be presenting a series of reports and documentation to lay out a case to separate AT&T, Verizon and Centurylink from the state wired telecommunications public utilities they control and halt all cross-subsidies of the hundreds of subsidiaries that have turned the state wired networks into a cash machine, which was used especially for the build out of their wireless infrastructure. There should be enough funds to lower prices, solve the Digital Divide and upgrade the states and cities to fiber optic broadband.

FULL REPORT 1: Harvesting…

UPDATE: April 2, 2021 — In revisiting the FCC website we found that the spreadsheet that listed the participants left out other AT&T companies — and even the name AT&T wasn’t included. Missing were AT&T controlled state utilities that are using names from the 1990’s, including Pacific Bell (California), Nevada Bell, or Ohio and Wisconsin Bell , to even Southwestern Bell, which represented a collection of state public utilities that included Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas— All part of AT&T. There was a total of 86 separate listings. — See below for details

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Ever hear of New Cingular Wireless…

Corroborates IRREGULATORS Call to Investigate Billions of Cross Subsidies.

Over the last few weeks, a senior citizen named Aaron Epstein defied the odds. He was so frustrated with his old copper based DSL service and not having a high-speed fiber connection from AT&T California that he took out ads in the WSJ for a hefty $10 grand — and in days, he had humiliated AT&T into connecting him to their AT&T Fiber service.

But what about the other 17.8 million residential customers in AT&T California territory or the 70+ million in the 21 states where AT&T controls the largest public telecommunications utilities in each state?

You probably didn’t know…

The real question is — How many Wall Street Journal ads will it take to get fiber optic to the home service from AT&T for California, much less AT&T’s 21 states?


At recent investor meetings for their 4th quarter results and plans for 2021, Verizon Communications, Inc. has tried to not only cover over basic results with confusing findings, but has also failed to make basic disclosures, including the fact that most of Verizon’s wireline networks are actually wired, state-based public telecommunications utilities, and that these networks are deteriorating. Worse, the utility construction expenditures that should have been used for fiber optic upgrades to cities, rural areas and inner cities, have instead been subsidizing their wireless business.

Note: These results are for Verizon Communications Inc., the holding company that controls the…


  • Overseas, wireless “truly unlimited” means over 1000 GB for $35 bucks.
  • US big “unlimited” plans are just deceptive and are capped, usually 50 GB.
  • On these plans, America has been overcharged over $50 a month.
  • Price per GB for unlimited plans in America $1.65; Overseas it is 7 cents.

AT&T, Verizon and the other wireless carriers, with the help of the FCC, have not only figured out how to keep prices for wireless services ‘hyper-overcharged’ as compared to most of the rest of…

Why is America being seriously hyper-overcharged?

  • FACT SHEET (2 page PDF): US Triple Play (broadband, phone, and cable TV) is overcharged, on average, $170.00 per month, or more, compared to Europe.
  • US average price per month is $217.00, according to Consumer Reports.
  • Average triple play price per month is $24-$ 47 dollars, according to the European Union.

The Digital Divide was created, in large part, because prices are no longer affordable and large areas of the US have little, if any, competition. The United States should be on par with pricing of communications services throughout the world. …

FACT SHEET- PDF 2 Page Version

Broadcast TV and Sports Programming Fee went up 751% to $19.15 a month on a basic Spectrum Brooklyn, (Nov. 2020) Triple Play from $2.25 only 6 years ago.

This is the first in a series to detail the consumer harms and why a Big Telecom-Big Cable antitrust case is necessary.


On January 11th, 2021 the IRREGULATORS gave testimony in front of the NYC Franchise and Concession Review Committee Public Hearing January 11, 2021.

Click for an abridged version of the testimony. As we pointed out, the New York City cable franchises for Spectrum (Charter), Optimum (Altice) and Verizon FiOS have all expired.

To be very blunt, NYC should not renew any of the current cable franchises that have expired and it should start with a real change — a clean sweep — to address the actual problems with NYC and NY State’s telecommunications and cable company services. …

This shows New York State’s broadband availability based on the FCC’s data on the left side vs the right side supplied by Microsoft. Governor Cuomo has been quoting and using the FCC’s damaged statistics showing broadband is available in 98% of New York State, yet Microsoft is showing only 54.6% has access to high-speed broadband; some areas have as low as 25% coverage, and there is ample examples that the lower numbers are more accurate.

About Reimagine NY Commission:

“The Reimagine New York Commission aims to develop real solutions to build back better in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic…

bruce kushnick

New Networks Institute,Executive Director, & Founding Member, IRREGULATORS; Telecom analyst for 38 years, and I have been playing the piano for 63 years.

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