Aunt Ethel Explains the Telco Accounting Scandal that Caused the Digital Divide

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.

Bruce Kushnick
1 min readDec 2, 2020

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.

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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.

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Bruce Kushnick

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