The Book of Broken Promises: $400 Billion Broadband Scandal & Free the Net
The IRREGULATORS want you to know the facts:
The Book of Broken Promise is the 3rd book in a trilogy that started in 1998, and presents facts taken from primary sources that directly contradicts the FCC’s biased fake history of broadband in America.
- 581 Pages
- 729 Footnotes
The Primary Findings
America’s households and businesses have been charged at least nine times for broadband/fiber optic services, including the wiring of schools, libraries, and hospitals — about $4000-$7000 per household, and the total is way over ½ trillion dollars by 2016. You can thank just a few companies: AT&T, Verizon and Centurylink, who control the state-based utilities, along with the cable companies, Comcast and now-Spectrum et al. And this is the low number.
More importantly, Verizon, AT&T and CenturyLink control the state telecommunications utilities, such as Verizon NY or AT&T-California, a fact that has been erased. And the copper wires, as well as most of the fiber optic wires, are part of these state utilities, including those used for FiOS or the wires to the cell sites, or all of the other ‘business data services’.
Why is it important now? Since the beginning of 2017, the FCC has been a path of destruction with the overarching theme to erase all laws, regulations and consumer protections and to let a few very large monopolies/duopolies (or oligopoly)—Verizon, AT&T, Centurylink, and the cable companies—do what they want at the customers’ expense.
And the FCC’s decisions are not based on actual facts but on a collection of a fictional history of broadband and communications in America.
Highlights of previous books:
- “The Unauthorized Bio of the Baby Bells”, published in 1998, with Foreword by Dr. Bob Metcalfe (co-inventor of Ethernet computer networking)
- “$200 Billion Broadband Scandal“, published in 2005 and book and the author were featured on Bill Moyer’s Emmy nominated “The Net at Risk”, the first major broadcast feature on Net Neutrality and broadband issues. The book had over 750,000 downloads as of 2015.
- “$300 Billion Broadband Scandal“, updated edition, 2010. The author was featured in Pulitzer Prize investigative journalist David Cay Johnston’s “The Fine Print”, published in 2012.