The “Landline” Scandal: Verizon’s Art of the VoIP and Wireless Scam.

Notice: None of this story is just about voice service or landlines. The NY State law claims that the increases to local phone rates were for ‘advanced voice-data-video networks’. This is a nationwide shell game — and it needs to be investigated and fixed. We have all been played.

NOTE: This analysis was created by the IRREGULATORS.

What is true market power? It is the ability to erase and rewrite common wisdom and institutional memory and make everyone forget that there are still state utilities and that the companies could create this three-card-Monty scheme in plain sight.

Let’s review some of the basic points.

  • VoIP and wireless substitutions are now considered “landlines”, which they do to save billions in expenses, remove all regulations and obligations, as well as shut off the copper wires and NOT replace them with fiber optics.
  • All of these services are actually using the state utility infrastructure, so while these lines of business get a free ride, Local Service is paying through the nose.
  • These actions have been ‘harvesting’ local phone customers with continuous rate increases, when prices should have been in steep decline.
  • This is done via an accounting scandal; illegal subsidies to the other lines of business have been created based on antiquated accounting rules — which were supposed to be removed but instead now put the majority of expenses into Local Service.
  • Example, as we will discuss: How can Local Service be charged $145 million in marketing when there is no marketing and you can’t even find a remnant of the marketing of the product, much less the pricing?
  • “They keep breaking down Jeremy — Apr 27, 2021 ★☆☆☆☆ Garbage waste of money just quits working after a couple months
  • “Changing my previous review backwoodsman — Apr 18, 2021 ★☆☆☆☆ The first few days it worked good. Then it started dropping calls. After many, many calls and hours spent to try to correct the problem, it still drops calls. This home phone really has a lot of problems. If they don’t get it corrected soon I am going to quit using Verizon. Until they work out the problems on this I suggest not using it.
  • “Never works! Verizon customernoservice — Jan 24, 2021 ★☆☆☆☆ The first box would never work. After days and days and literally hours and hours and hours on the phone with customer no service, they finally sent out a used unit to replace the one that didn’t work. This one was no better. We were locked into a two-year contract with this, so just suffered through with no landline for 2 years. It is beyond me how this thing wouldn’t work because Verizon has the most coverage in our area and the cell phones work just fine. Northwest Iowa

TO REPEAT:

None of this story was just about voice service or landlines. The NY State law claims that the increases to local phone rates were for ‘advanced voice-data-video networks’. This is a nationwide shell game — and it needs to be investigated and fixed. We have all been played.

NOTE: This analysis was created by the IRREGULATORS.

New Networks Institute,Executive Director, & Founding Member, IRREGULATORS; Telecom analyst for 38 years, and I have been playing the piano for 63 years.