90-Year-Old Spent $10 Grand on WSJ Ads; Got AT&T to Bring Fiber — What about the 70+ Million Locations in AT&T’s 21 States?

  • FACT: AT&T covers 76 million locations, residential and business, in 21 states — This does not mean AT&T offers fiber to these locations, and this was from an AT&T filing during one of the mergers.
  • FACT: AT&T only has around 5 million fiber to the premises, including businesses, by the end of 2020 — that is just 7%.
  • According to Fierce Telecom, in June 2019, AT&T claimed it had built out 14.5 million customer locations — even though the DirecTV merger had obligations for 12.5 million, and this includes counting locations that are within 1000 feet of a wire–This is only 19% of the AT&T’s ‘customer locations’.
  • A panel of the National Advertising Review Board has recommended that AT&T Services, Inc., modify advertising to clarify for consumers the availability of AT&T Fiber, the company’s fiber-to-the-home product. i.e.; AT&T should not say that they are in ‘cities’, until they have a threshold of at least 20%.
  • The group also recommended AT&T stop slapping on a 5G logo on the phone and declare that 5G service exists.
  • AT&T’s fiber is somehow priced at a fraction of DSL costs and the copper lines — How is that possible?
  • Is AT&T fiber part of the state telecommunications utility, like the Verizon’s FiOS fiber to the home?
  • Has it been charged to local phone customers?
  • Why does the price of Mr. Epstein’s new service go up $20 bucks — a 44% rate increase, after 1 year, and why does the advertised price not include all taxes, fees and surcharges?
  • And out of the $110 for 2 copper lines and DSL… with no maintenance or construction (see below), with the networks written off, this probably cost $10–$20 bucks to offer at best.
  • “Over the full 2010–2017 period, less than 1% of all AT&T capital spending on network plant additions, just under $47-million, was for outside plant rehabilitation projects.
  • “Extraordinarily small portions of AT&T California’s Plant Additions and Maintenance expenditures have been directed at legacy POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) services over the 2013–2017 period.
  • Mr. Epstein and California have paid tens of thousands of dollars extra per line because AT&T subsidized the other lines of business and manipulated the accounting to charge Mr. Epstein for these subsidies.
  • It cost Mr. Epstein thousands of dollars extra in rate increases, in the failure of AT&T to bring competition to lower rates, to offer slow inferior services to Mr. Epstein.
  • This caused economic harms to cities and communities were many simply can’t get services because AT&T never showed up — but charged them.
  • This lack of payments caused lower tax assessments, and multiple tax benefits.
  • Finally, AT&T et al. caused the Digital Divide by keeping prices in America inflated and not properly upgrading most of these state utilities as exposed by the Pandemic.
  • The IRREGULATORS filed with the CA Broadband Council, and we call for major financial investigations and a full audit of the actual lines in service, among other financial deep dives into the cross-subsidies — i.e., where did all the construction budgets go?

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