America’s Infrastructure and the Current Proposed Bill have been Hijacked by Big Telecom — AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink and the Cablecos.

  • There is no serious competition to lower rates or keep made-up fees off our communications bills.
  • More importantly, because they control the wires — copper and fiber — they have been able to inflate all prices.
  • With the control of the wires they also control not only the speed of service but which territories will get upgraded and which will be a Digital Desert. And they control the base prices that competitors have to pay, keeping all prices, including wireless, hostage to the few companies controlling the current infrastructure.
  • The money goes first to the state, but with the current state political environment — it won’t go to the municipalities but to wireless deployments.
  • And, since it goes to the state, it will most likely reward the very companies that created the Digital Divide.
  • Without any investigations into any previous comments or the billions already collected over 3 decades, it will all continue.
  • The illegal funding of the wireless networks for the past decade should not have been allowed; it took billions from the wireline construction budgets.
  • Worse, the FCC is paying retail prices to the carriers for low income discounts and these prices include paying for ‘cost recovery’ and other made-up fees — which have no oversight or audits.
  • Overcharging of basic service was about $16–22 a month, $195 to $270 a year.
  • Counting taxes and add-ons, overcharging can be $30 a month- $360 a year.
  • $1,700-$3,200 per line since 2006, depending on the service. We are using $2,500 for the average from 2006–2020.
  • Note: This is only a small part of customer overcharging we uncovered.
  • Nationwide we estimate a conservative $10.8- $14.5 billion annually.

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Bruce Kushnick

Bruce Kushnick

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New Networks Institute,Executive Director, & Founding Member, IRREGULATORS; Telecom analyst for 40 years, and I have been playing the piano for 65 years.