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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. The Commission will focus initially on recommendations to increase opportunity in three essential ways: reducing the digital divide, improving access to healthcare, and creating more and better employment in an increasingly digital economy. …


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Do Not Renew Verizon, Spectrum and Optimum NYC Cable Franchises

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; These issues have been here for decades, but they are a political hot potato and ignored.

And, this is not just about cable TV or broadband but the price of your wireless service, and solving the Digital Divide, once and for all.

All of the NYC cable franchises have expired in July 2020.

“DoITT is hereby commencing a proceeding, as contemplated in Section 546 of Title 47 of the United States Code, to consider the possible renewal of cable television franchises held by subsidiaries of Charter Communications, Inc. (covering Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island), by a subsidiary of Altice USA, Inc. (covering the Bronx and Brooklyn), and by Verizon New York, Inc. (covering the City as a whole), all of which current franchises will expire in July of 2020. …


Yet, billions of dollars are still on the table. The next step is to halt the cross-subsidies that could be used to fund upgrades throughout the state, bring in serious competition and to lower prices on all services.

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On September 24th, 2020, the IRREGULATORS sent NYC Mayor de Blasio 2 letters.

The first letter requested that the Mayor hold Verizon accountable to provide to 100% of New York City’s households Verizon’s FiOS fiber to the premises (FTTP) cable and broadband service.

As we pointed out, Verizon had an obligation under their NYC franchise to have FiOS service available to all areas of New York City, including low income areas, by July 2014. Unfortunately, an estimated 25% of the City had not been upgraded and most of these are in lower income areas. …


Forget Big Tech: Break Up Big Telecom, then Big Cable.

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While 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 or Google, claiming they are “Big Tech” and harming America, all of these services ride on the wires or airwaves that are mostly controlled by just a few companies: “Big Telecom”, AT&T, Verizon & CenturyLink, and “Big Cable”, Comcast & Charter.

But, going after Big Telecom is a problem because they rewrote history and blanketed the place with rewritten pieces of fiction. Truth be told, there is a disconnect as to what most people know, what they were told and what they quote as facts about their telecommunications and cable services. This is not their fault but demonstrates just how powerful the Big Telecom cabal has become. …


Video: Let’s Fix the Digital Divide — Halting the billions in subsidies caused by the accounting can pay for a fiber optic future and solve the Digital Divide.

This video was created to explain as simple as possible how the Digital Divide was really created and what the IRREGULATORS and New Networks Institute have been working on to fix this mess over the last decade.

Note: Aunt Ethel is a legendary figure in the history of telecommunications. While she passed away two decades ago, The Book of Broken Promises: $400 Billion Broadband Scandal & Free the Net, published 2015, is dedicated to her. It is the 3rd book in a trilogy; the series started with an examination of her phone charges in 1992.

What’s the Next Steps: America’s Communications Breakdown Needs a ‘Clean Sweep’ to Fix it.

Summary

America has a new president, and the FCC will change hands to a new Democrat FCC. But, do they have the moxie to drain the current Republican toxic dump and fix what’s broken, or will AT&T, Verizon & the cablecos take over the FCC again. …


Will They Drain the Toxic FCC Swamp?

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Summary

America has a new president, and the FCC will change hands to a new Democrat FCC. But, do they have the moxie to drain the current Republican toxic dump and fix what’s broken, or will AT&T, Verizon & the cablecos take over the FCC again?

Please Sir May I have Another? (CLICK FOR FULL STORY)

We are the Diss-Connected.


14 Critical Points to Take Back Our Networks.

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CLICK FOR PART I: Please Sir May I have Another? How many things are wrong with America’s communications thanks to the current FCC policies?

This is Part II: 14 Critical Points to Take Back Our Networks.

GOAL: Through State and Federal Actions, (though it varies by state), fix the Digital Divide by halting billions of dollars in cross-subsidies per state to wireless and the other businesses, then use these funds to return the state utilities to serve the public, bringing high speed fiber optic networks to all areas, at affordable rates, with Universal Service obligations — and opening them to all forms of competition.

IMPORTANT: This plan does not rely on government funding but on accountability, enforcement of laws, accurate data, and going after the improper, if not illegal financial cross-subsidies uncovered by the Irregulators.


It is Time for a ‘Clean Sweep’ Agenda to Fix the FCC and the Digital Divide.

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THIS IS PART 1 — How many things are wrong with America’s communications thanks to the current FCC policies?

CLICK FOR PART II: Enough. Time for a ‘Clean Sweep’ Agenda. 14 critical next steps America needs to take to Take Back Our Networks.

The graphic above is the First Clean Sweep Action America Must Take — Now.

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Please Sir May I have Another?

It is post-election, November 2020. …


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What caused the Digital Divide? In state after state, AT&T, Verizon and Centurylink, which are three holding companies that control most of the state-based telecommunications public utilities in America, all made statements and commitments to do upgrades of this critical infrastructure by replacing the existing copper wire with a fiber optic wire. And though it varies by state, in almost all states, laws were changed to give the incumbent state utility — and thus the holding company, more money to build out these ‘new networks’, starting in the 1990’s.

These maps, created using BroadbandNow’s maps and data, and other sources, gives a disturbing picture of what happened in 7 states pertaining to fiber optic deployments. Most of the state is not supposed to be empty. …


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This summary is a road-map to repair the dirt road, known as the Digital Divide, in every city and state. We were promised a supercar on the Information Superhighway and we ended up with a broken skateboard on a dirt road.

Introduction

NOTE: This is a summary of the Reply Comments filed by the IRREGULATORS.

In order to solve the Digital Divide by upgrading all of California to broadband capable of 100mbps download speed at affordable prices, as proposed by Governor Newsom, the State must address certain fundamental issues.

While we applaud comments from Electronic Frontier Foundation and others, our reply lays out a critical new path that focuses on halting billions of dollars in cross-subsidies, from AT&T’s state-based public telecommunications utility, AT&T California, and the AT&T subsidiaries. This overcharging should be immediately redirected to fund the deployment of very high speed fiber optic services to all citizens of California at affordable rates — and solve the Digital Divide, once and for all time. …

About

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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