States’ Rights, Net Neutrality, & 5G: Broadband Is a State-Based, Title II, Telecommunications Utility Service.

  • The broadband “Fiber-to-the-Premises”, “FTTP”, fiber optic networks are part of the existing state telecommunications utility.
  • The FTTP is classified as Title II, and part of the Communications Act of 1934, (and updated by the Telecommunications Act of 1996).
  • Verizon’s broadband, Fiber-to-the-Premises wires are Title II and part of the state utility in order to get the utility rights-of-way and be able to have the construction expenses be paid using the existing STATE-based wireline construction budgets.
  • Moreover, Verizon halted most of their FiOS deployments circa 2010 and due to negligence on the part of the regulators, these construction budgets, instead of being used to build out rural areas or low income areas, were diverted and have been used for the wires to the cell sites and Business Data Services.
  • Verizon et al. were able to charge local phone customers thousands of dollars extra per line because they are classified telecommunications services, as well as telecommunications 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.