Dear Senator Hueso, (San Diego), (Chairman of the Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications)

The Landmark Deal with San Diego: Unserved Areas Completed by 2010

California needs investigations into the billions of dollars in cross-subsidies of AT&T California — the wired telecommunications, public utility, that should have funded a fiber optic future for the State. It doesn’t need the corporate-sponsored wireless bills, written with the help of what appears to be ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council.

As we will discuss, AT&T et al. created the Digital Divide and they now want to remove the remaining regulations and obligations, and, of course, increase their profits rather than serve its customers with high-speed broadband and internet and compete to lower costs.

ADDED: The Rise and Fall…

Notice: None of this story is just about voice service or landlines. The NY State law claims that the increases to local phone rates were for ‘advanced voice-data-video networks’. This is a nationwide shell game — and it needs to be investigated and fixed. We have all been played.

NOTE: This analysis was created by the IRREGULATORS.


“Cut the copper off” said Lowell McAdam, former Chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications, speaking at the Guggenheim Securities Symposium, on June 21, 2012.

“And then in other areas that are more rural and more sparsely populated, we have got LTE [Verizon Wireless] built that will handle all of those services, and so we are going to cut the copper off there. We are going to do it over wireless. …

This chart is from the Verizon NY 2020 Annual Report, published May 28th, 2021. It relies on the FCC USOA accounting formulas that are used in every state we examined, from CA and OH and MI, to OR, WA, and even MS and Colorado, PA, NJ, MA, MD, and NY.

This summary goes through the financials using numbered…

FAQ: How does the Verizon NY 2020 Annual Report detail billions that can be used to solve the Digital Divide in NY, as well as nationwide, with no government subsidies?

What is the Verizon New York 2020 Annual Report? (Hidden in Plain Sight). On May 28th, 2021, the Verizon NY 2020 Annual Report was published. Verizon NY is the primary state telecommunications public utility and New York is the only state we know of that requires and makes public a financial annual report for the state-based public utility.

This is not the Verizon Communications Inc. Annual Report, which is for…

Audit the books, stop the overcharging and fix the Digital Divide without government subsidies.

According to Broadband Breakfast, June 10, 2021, AT&T wants government handouts for broadband in territories it failed to upgrade.

“AT&T CEO John Stankey said…that the federal government can get away with shelling out between $60 to $80 billion in infrastructure dollars to connect rural and remote America…”

Over the last year, with everyone forced to stay at home, the pandemic has brought into harsh focus that America was never properly upgraded with high-speed broadband, especially in rural and low income areas, and that prices are out…

Audit the Cooked Books: Get Back the Money to Fix the Digital Divide.

Source: Verizon New York 2020 Annual Report, published May 28th, 2021

Click to Download the Verizon NY 2020 Annual Report or Read the IRREGULATORS’ Report and Walk-through.

The Verizon NY 2020 Annual Report was published on May 28th, 2021.

Verizon NY is New York State’s primary telecommunications public utility and New York is the only state we know of that requires a full, public annual report. Established in 1896, Verizon NY is a wholly owned subsidiary of Verizon Communications, Inc, a holding company.

This is NY State’s critical infrastructure and it has never been just the copper wires…

Ever hear of Michigan Bell? How about Southwestern Bell or BellSouth? AT&T has 86 separate entities listed for EBB money — including the broadband utilities that it controls in 21 states.

According to this footnote, AT&T is only offering wired home Internet broadband service in their 21 state telecommunications public utilities — the AT&T ‘footprint’.

The Verizon NY 2020 Annual Report just came out (May 28th, 2021) — and here is a list; a glimpse of the 358 investments listed (investments over 5%). This snapshot includes Verizon Maryland — a state that Verizon controls as the incumbent wireline telecommunications public utility. It was supposed to have the original — and still existing — copper wires replaced with a fiber optic line over a decade ago, and it never happened.

NBC 4 Washington’s headline says it all.

Digital Divide: Nearly 1 Million in Va., Md. Have No High-Speed Internet Access

  • How much money was transferred out of the US to buy these overseas investments?
  • How much money of budgets…

Photo by LA Ortega. Overcharging by Big Telecom

This is Part 2. (Click for Part 1.)

AT&T charges $10 a month, $120 a year, for an internet broadband modem that appears to cost AT&T $20-$30 at wholesale rates. That’s a lot of extra profits to take from the Emergency Broadband Benefit, EBB, government subsidy for low income families, don’t you think?

And regardless of the EBB program, if you have used an internet broadband service from AT&T over the last 4 years, this comes to $480. We need to add that AT&T also gets to write off this piece of equipment, an additional benefit to… AT&T. …

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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