According to Governor Cuomo’s press release:

“Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation establishing the first-in-the-nation requirement for affordable internet for qualifying low-income families,…requires providers operating in New York State to offer $15/month high-speed internet to low-income families across the state. This new affordable internet program will impact seven million New Yorkers and 2.7 million households.”

And, as if on cue, the “telecoms”, sometimes misnamed “ISPs”, took this to court Ars Technica writes:

Internet service providers today sued New York to block a state law that requires ISPs to sell $15-per-month broadband plans to low-income households.

“The lawsuit was filed by…

How did a Former FCC Chairman and Champion of Competition become the New Captured AT&T Independent Chairman?

Is $250 million in compensation for just 4 AT&T executives, for just 3 years, gluttony, especially when you consider that AT&T is socking it to their customers and failed to upgrade the state wired telecommunications utilities under their control?

In fact, CNBC reports that there was a bit of a revolt at the AT&T shareholders’ meeting, April 30th, 2021

“AT&T shareholders on Friday voted against a measure to approve executive compensation, according to preliminary voting results from the company’s annual meeting… AT&T did…

Get Back $100+ Billion in Underpayments & Overcharges. No More Government Subsidies.

Over the last three decades, almost all of the state-based telecommunications public utility networks have been left to deteriorate even though America paid over an estimated $500 billion dollars, (in excess profits, tax perks, rate increases, and added fees). Though it varies by state, what is now AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink (Lumen) got the states to change laws so that this money would used to upgrade the aging copper wireline networks…

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…

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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