Please Sir. May I have Another?

Please Sir May I have Another?

It is post-election, November 2020. There is a new President and the FCC will change hands to a new administration, hopefully draining the swamp of the last Republican FCC.

  • Overseas, wireless “truly unlimited” means over 1000 GB for $35 bucks.
  • US big “unlimited” plans are just deceptive and are capped, usually 50GB.
  • On these plans we’re overcharged, on average, over $50 a month.
  • US Triple Play (broadband, phone, and cable TV) averages $210 month and rising.
  • Overseas, the price, on average, is under $50.
  • We’re Overcharged about $160 month.
  • The “Cost Recovery Fee”, the “Broadcast-Sports fee”, or the “Admin” fees are not government mandated and add 15–40% on our bills for no reason.
  • “Many Americans Can’t Afford Broadband, But the FCC Doesn’t Care”, writes Motherboard.
  • No High Speed Service or Competition. Vice writes: “Studies suggest that 42 million Americans lack access to any broadband whatsoever, double the official FCC estimates. ILSR estimates 83 million more Americans live under a broadband monopoly, usually Comcast”, the cable company — i.e.; no choice.
  • Social Injustice: It has been rural areas, as well as low income, especially minority areas, that are hit hardest by rising rates, or lack of high speed broadband.
  • Each has their own harms — from adding expenses, bloating our wireless costs, or tracking us and selling the information, they use our lack of consumer education against us.
  • 5G was supposed to offer Gig speeds, but it is 4G plus lipstick; it requires a fiber optic wire, which can be ‘subsidized’ by local phone customers, and the companies have lied about the actual deployments. There are also draconian data caps, then the speed slows.
  • The FCC has voted to get rid of net neutrality, block cities from wireless oversight, blocked competitors from using the networks.
  • FCC Chairman Pai is a former Verizon attorney; Commissioner Carr worked for the CTIA, wireless association and all of the Republicans are ‘friends’ of ALEC.
  • Former Democrat FCC Chair Tom Wheeler was former CEO of the CTIA.
  • The FCC Advisory Committees have also been rigged to help AT&T et al.
  • “The Book of Broken Promises” (free download) is a trilogy which started in 1998 detailing the overcharging of America for a fiber optic information superhighway, but America ended up paying for a refurbished dirt road.

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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.