Cut the FCC and 5G Off At the Knees

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Counterpunch story about the IRREGULATORS and our case, June 7, 2019

“As the telecom warriors case proceeds against the FCC – and, by extension, the telecom trust — the nation will witness one of the grand court challenges of the 21stcentury. This contest might not have the glamour of cases involving abortion, immigrant rights or online content, but may – long term – have equally significant consequence. It will help fashion the nation’s telecom future.”

First, I would like to thank all those who donated so far. IRREGULATORS vs FCC is moving forward. We won the first round and have standing. Then, on July 22, 2019, the IRREGULATORS filed our brief outlining our case against the FCC—which has until September 5th, 2019 to respond.

NEW: The fight just heated up: To add insult to injury, on August 8th, 2019, the FCC’s decision claimed that 5G wireless small cells are ‘safe’. 

IRREGULATORS vs FCC exposes one of the largest accounting scandals in American history. The case does not focus on 5G health issues, but goes after this massive financial shell game. We believe our case severely damages the FCC’s credibility, its data, and analysis in every FCC decision—and it will certainly adds a new level of attack on all FCC’s decisions.

What We Found: AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink control most of the wired utility networks in America, and with the help of the FCC, they were able to manipulate the FCC’s accounting rules used by these utilities. This enabled their wireless companies to use (cross-subsidize) the local wireline state-based utilities to pay for the construction of the wireless networks, including 5G. This, in turn, was then charged to local phone customers. It also made the wired networks appear unprofitable so they could claim that they didn’t have to build out rural areas and inner cities with fiber optics. And worse, they have expertly fooled everyone into thinking that the state wired telecommunications utilities no longer exist.

NOTE: AT&T California, Verizon Maryland, Verizon Massachusetts, CenturyLink Oregon, AT&T Illinois—are all state-based telecommunications utilities and every state has a primary utility.

Now, AT&T et al., with the help of the FCC, claims that 5G wireless should be deployed as a substitute for wired services. Yet, unknown to most, it is still funded by the wireline phone customers. Moreover, once these subsidies are removed, 5G is not profitable because 5G requires a fiber optic wire to work.

Uphill Battle: From the perspective of 5G wireless, we have a seriously uphill battle.  A recent survey found that 1/3 of US smartphone customers think that they are already using 5G and 60% of these people believe it is giving them better performance – even though they can’t have the service. This is just ludicrous.


IRREGULATORS vs FCC can open up every FCC decision by exposing, in court, that the FCC’s analyses all have a critical flaw; the FCC’s financials are based on the year 2000, literally 19 years ago, and the FCC never examined the fact that their own accounting rules have become deformed—causing local phone customers, low income families, rural areas, etc. to illegally fund AT&T et al.’s other lines of business – like 5G.

Moreover, these financial manipulations are overcharging America $50-60 billion annually. Going after this massive financial shell game could return billions to the states to properly upgrade the cities and communities with the fiber optic services they already paid for.

This takes a new path that could help slow down and even halt the deployment in cities of small cell wireless including 5G. Please help us try.

They got the mobster Al Capone, not on murder or extortion, which he supposedly was responsible for, but for his accounting and taxes.

The IRREGULATORS is an independent consortium of senior telecom experts, analysts, forensic auditors, and lawyers who are former staffers from the FCC, state advocate and Attorneys General Office, as well as telecom auditors and consultants.

DONATE: We are now working with EON to handle tax deductible donations as well. I will be glad to talk to anyone or group personally who wants to help or donate to make this happen.

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