2020: We are in Court Against the FCC; Time for Action.
JANUARY 17th, 2020 Oral Argument set in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals Against the FCC.
PRESS RELEASE: IRREGULATORS v FCC Moves Forward: Billions of Dollars Per State are in Play.
PODCASTS: WHY IRREGULATORS v FCC is Critical
IRREGULATORS v FCC Is Critical to America’s Broadband-Internet Future
IRREGULATORS v FCC Document and Filings
FREE BOOK: The Book of Broken Promises: $400 Billion Broadband Scandal
On April 15th, 2019, the IRREGULATORS filed to stop an FCC decision that tries to bury one of the largest accounting scandals in American history. It is directly tied to AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink’s state-based utilities.
NOTE: In order continue this case (as the FCC does not pay lawyer or consultant fees, much less damages), we are raising money and looking for partners to continue this appeal and take other proactive actions–now.
This is probably one of the most bizarre cases you ever heard of. Unbelievably, the FCC ‘froze’ the cost accounting rules that divide up the expenses of the different lines of business that use the AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink state-based telecommunications infrastructure – the state-based utilities– to reflect the year 2000 –19 years ago.
This action was designed to put the majority of all expenses into the basic POTS service and it made the entire wired telecommunications networks in America to appear to be unprofitable. This has cost customers billions per year in additional fees and rate increases, it was used claim that rural areas were unprofitable, so the companies could get out obligations to upgrade to fiber optics, and now, after the takeover of the FCC, the plan is to ‘shut off the copper’, and force-march customers onto wireless — because it make them more money — and the construction budgets are paid by local phone customers.
And in December, 2018, the FCC decided to extend the Freeze another 6 years, until 2024 with no audits, investigations, or even an acknowledgement that there are still state utilities or that these deformed accounting rules are still in use.
Unfortunately, almost no one knows that there are still state utilities left or that these are no longer the copper wired networks but due to the FREEZE, Verizon et al. were able to have their other lines of business — Verizon’s fiber-to-the-home, FiOS, or even Verizon Wireless or Business Data Services, all use the construction budgets of the state utility and got the rights of way.
5G Wireless and the other wireless services will all be ‘cross-subsidized’ and charged to customers using the wireline networks.
WHY TAKE THIS CASE? The TREASURE MAP! Billions for Broadband in Your State and Refunds on Your Communications Bills.
Proving that the accounting has been rigged, the goal is to stop the multi-billion dollar cross-subsidy scheme to lower rates on all services and add billions for new fiber optic construction in the state utilities.
And we have IRREFUTABLE Evidence: Verizon New York 2017 Annual Report was published in June 2018; in July 2018, there was a settlement of an investigation of Verizon NY. Estimated to be $300-$500 million, the company had to put in 32,000 lines of fiber optics and maintain and repair the existing, deteriorating copper networks in un-upgraded areas.
This FCC has been captured by AT&T, Verizon CenturyLink and the cable companies and it has to be stopped. We believe that this case– to go directly after the corrupted accounting — is unique and can be used to take on the FCC in all of the current proceedings. It also will assist in starting to take back the state utilities that are being dismantled.
The IRREGULATORS: An Independent, Expert Telecom Team
The IRREGULATORS is an independent, expert Telecom Team comprised of senior telecom experts, analysts, forensic auditors, and lawyers who are former senior staffers from the FCC, state advocate and Attorneys General Office experts and lawyers, as well as former telco consultants.