We have just formed a new group: IRREGULATORS and at the core are retired and semi-retired communications experts, lawyers, and forensic auditors who are former senior staffers from the FCC, state advocate and Attorneys General Office, as well as x-telco employees and consultants.
We’re back. We will be taking proactive legal and regulatory actions, including taking the FCC to court, among other activities. It is time to stand up to the bullies. The FCC’s overall plan is to remove customer protections, all obligations and regulations on the phone and cable companies — Verizon, AT&T, CenturyLink, Comcast, Spectrum, etc.
Join the New Networks-IRREGULATORS or learn more: We can’t do this alone –We are expanding and need your assistance, expertise, and help to raise the funds to not only stop the FCC but take on the phone, wireless, ISP, and cable companies that the government is protecting, at your expense.
Read about the issues, who we are, and help us go out there and take them on. CONTACT US: New Networks & the IRREGULATORS
1) SCORE: Verizon NY Settlement: Fiber Optics to Underserved Areas; Repair of the State Utility Networks — with an Assist from the IRREGULATORS.
New Networks Institute (NNI) & the IRREGULATORS just helped to get 32,000 fiber optic lines installed by Verizon New York in underserved areas as well as have the state utility be required to do long needed repairs of the copper networks — that are still in use. The State claims that there are still 2.14 million ‘voice-only’ access lines in service. (Note: This number of copper-based access lines is low for multiple reasons.)
We estimate that this settlement is valued at $300 million to $1/2 billion in additional spending by Verizon in New York State over time.
In state after state, Verizon decided to simply use the state utilities as a cash cow to fund its other lines of business and let the copper networks deteriorate — and charge customers billions for upgraded fiber networks they never got. And while Verizon started to do ‘FiOS’ fiber-to-the-home, by 2010, the company moved the construction budgets to build out their wireless service. All of these cross-subsidies created massive artificial losses, resulting in more rate increases and an excuse to ‘shut off the copper’.
Not Done Yet
Over the last 8 years New Networks (NNI) and the IRREGULATORS have uncovered a massive financial accounting shell game where billions of dollars have been charged to local phone customers, making the state utility networks a cash machine to fund all of the other Verizon businesses, including the wireless networks. These cross-subsidies cost customers thousands of dollars extra and diverted billions in construction to roll out the wireless networks instead of upgrading cities, among other harms. In fact, our work helped to initiate these investigations.
2) It’s Time to Sue the FCC and We Need Your Help.
There has been a Corruption of the Cost Accounting Rules for 19 Years. It Made Local Service Unprofitable on Purpose.
- The FCC’s cost accounting rules were ‘frozen’ to reflect the year 2000 so that all of the different lines of business using the rules would be pay a percentage of the expenses based on the year 2000’
- The FCC has never examined the impacts of these rules for 19 years.
- The FCC has been erasing all of the accounting rules, known as ‘forbearance’ since 2007.
- Brendan Carr, now FCC Commissioner, was one of Verizon’s attorneys in their filings to remove the accounting rules.
- “Weed Whacking”: With the new FCC Chairman, former Verizon Attorney Ajit Pai, in 2017 the FCC claimed that they hadn’t examined the rules for years and yet started proceedings to erase the remaining ‘legacy’ rules.
- In December 2018, the FCC extended this ‘freeze’ for another 6 years.
3) There is a Structural Flaw in Every FCC Proceeding — And We Want to Exploit It.
- The FCC never examined the State-based utilities – not the investment, or the financial reports, or the broadband commitments, or the charging of customers – or the harms caused by the failure to deal with the impacts of the accounting rules for 19 years.
- Every FCC proceeding can be challenged as every statistic is flawed; the investments in broadband were charged to the construction budgets of the state utilities, that were local rates. – Even the Wireless and FIOS were built via the cross-subsidies caused by the manipulation of the accounting rules.
- The Impacts of the Rules: Hundreds of Billions of Dollars in Customer Overcharging and They Created the Digital Divide
- Making the utilities appear unprofitable a) created unjust rate increases, b) major tax benefits from artificial losses, c) an excuse to not upgrade the existing state infrastructure d) was used to get deregulation and public policy changes to help Verizon and AT&T over the public interest
Targets: (Note: We are not making public specific plans, but are glad to discuss next steps with interested parties.)
- Bring Back Privacy and Save Net Neutrality: The FCC with Congress have blocked new privacy rules and are planning on eliminating “Net Neutrality”.
- EXPOSE Whamming (Wireless Overcharging) & Digital Stalking: See Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Tkrsf__P3k
- Have you said recently: “But I barely used my wireless service. How did I go over the data plan?” Unbelievably, besides tracking you and the companies selling info about you, we’re all paying extra because this ad-tracking junk uses up over 40% to your data plan.
- Go after the FCC’s Data Services Decision: The FCC just ‘deregulated’ business data services; it will raise rates on all communications services, including wireless because this will be passed on to you.
- Can’t get high-speed broadband, even in a major city, and there’s no competition? Did you know that we already paid for fiber optic upgrades over and over and the companies pocketed the money and didn’t show up?
- Prices are out of control on your double-triple play cable services and there’s all those little, nasty, made up added fees.—Why?
- Stop the FCC-Verizon Plan to shut off copper-based services throughout the states, even if there is no ‘substitute’.
Emergency funds: Our first step is to appeal the FCC’s recent decisions, and that needs to get started immediately as there is a clock for appeals.
What’s in it for you? Place a bet that we can slow down or stop the FCC from implementing bad laws. If we prevail it will lower your rates, make sure there are privacy laws in place when you go online (and they can’t sell info about you) and help to bring high speed broadband (at reasonable rates).
We are a unique group that has a new approach, and data and analysis that no one else has—we know where the skeletons are buried. Just signing petitions or filing at the FCC or state commissions is not going to work