Investigate the FCC’s Investor & Public Harms from Manipulated 5G Market Research.

  • FIND: These projections are from a research report by Accenture, a consulting firm. It was written in 2016, before 5G was rolled out.
  • FIND: The Report was funded by the CTIA, the wireless association, a fact that is never mentioned in the footnotes of the proceeding or in the report.
  • FIND: The Report and these projections are not about rural broadband.
  • FIND: The Accenture Report is dependent on research from 2007 and 2009, and some of it appears to date back to 2001–19 years ago.
  • FIND: The $500 billion in economic growth from 5G has been made up.
  • FIND: The amount, $500 billion in economic growth, appears to be part of a 2001 report that was for wireline, not wireless, broadband and funded by Verizon.
  • FIND: Authors of the 2007 and 2009 research worked for AT&T and other telcos.
  • FIND: 50,120 staff were cut from AT&T and Verizon since 2017; yet the report estimated there would be 200,000 new construction jobs added by now.
  • FIND: AT&T capital investments have been in decline.
  • FIND: Much of the wireless investments by Verizon and AT&T have been cross-subsidized by the wireline state utilities, not investors.
  • FIND: In most states, much of these expenses end up being charged to the local phone customers.
  • FIND: These cross-subsidies were created by the manipulation of the FCC’s cost accounting formulas that have been applied to the state utility expenses.
  • FIND: The FCC formulas are in use today and they now put the majority of expenses into the wired networks, making Local Service appear unprofitable.
  • FIND: Pandemic Missing: The FCC never adjusted the findings in the opening paragraph to reflect that there is a pandemic underway in 2020.
  • FIND: The pandemic has exposed that the Digital Divide is much larger than previously acknowledged, and that there are massive holes in the FCC’s data.
  • FIND: 5G is just a bait and switch, and almost all of this market research is a non sequitur — In this case, they just cut and pasted some other study’s finding.
  • America’s wireless companies stand ready to invest $275 billion into building next-gen … This will create 3 million new jobs and add $500 billion to the economy.
  • May 22, 2019–5G is a faster wireless network, but it’s much more than just that — it will … creating 3 million American jobs quickly, and adding $500 billion to …

But it gets so much worse.

Discussion: The Falsification of Basic Market Data

Step-by-Step, By-the-Numbers (and the Footnotes).

  • The FCC should detail and explain the process they used to create this market analysis. Where is the FCC’s actual documentation, besides quoting a report written in 2016 that relies on research from 2001 and has nothing to do with rural areas?
  • Why is this not collusion of the FCC, the CTIA, and their members, Verizon and AT&T, to manipulate investors and the American public, using super-hyped, 5G Wireless as the bait?
  • How did ALEC model legislation become the FCC’s 5G plans?
  • Why hasn’t the FCC examined the massive financial cross-subsidies of the wireless networks — How did the wired state utilities’ construction expenditures end up paying for the wireless fiber optic networks?



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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.