HuffPost, AOL & Yahoo are Now Verizon’s Propaganda & Monetization Media Outlets.

  • Less media voices to keep the ISPs et al. in check: This story is not about an overall news embargo of anything controversial — it’s about the shift of content and accountability of Verizon, the parent company, and turning out stories that are mainly puffery or PR for Verizon. At the same time, there are also fewer voices in the media to deal with the companies that are offering us communications services, or the policies that are being created.
  • Failure to spend this money on infrastructure and broadband commitments. Verizon should have been spending money on the infrastructure it has left to deteriorate throughout its territories. $9+ billion would have gone a long way to solving the Digital Divide in areas it failed to properly upgrade and maintain.
  • Cross-Subsidies: As we will discuss, these HuffPost stories are by or about Verizon and the projects, partners and donations being made. However, it also appears that some/much of this is being funded via foundation grant money that may be coming out the Corporate Operations expenses and charged to local phone customers and wireline users — i.e.; these could be more corporate-pass-throughs than shareholder expenses.

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bruce kushnick

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.