IRREGULATORS v. FCC-Standing

 

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IRREGULATORS vs FCC: DETAILS

NEW: Read the PRESS RELEASE On June 3rd, 2019, the FCC DID NOT CHALLENGE the IRREGULATORS’s right to take the FCC to court and the case will proceed.

On May 20th, 2019, the IRREGULATORS filed a series of separate affidavits, as well as a group summary, asking the US Court of Appeals, DC Circuit, to grant us ‘standing’, the right to take the FCC to court. On June 3rd, 2019, the FCC did not challenge our  standing, our right to take this case, which now moves to the ‘brief’ and evidence step.

Simply put, this one of the largest accounting scandals in telecommunications history. Unknown to most, the federal FCC accounting rules have been the basis to determine how much the different lines of business pay to use the state wireline networks.

For 19 years, these FCC rules have been set to reflect the year 2000, literally, and they were never changed or updated or audited or investigated by the FCC. Adding insult to injury, on December 17th, 2018, the FCC decided to extend this ‘freeze’ for an additional 6 years.

Regardless of the outcome of this particular court case, it is an imperative to address this accounting scandal. We estimate that this financial shell game is costing America $50-$60 billion annually, not to mention the tens of billions per state in harms to economic growth or solving the Digital Divide.  The misallocation of costs not only raises prices, it also harms consumers indirectly by squelching competition.

The affidavits explain the urgency for the court to take action against this accounting abuse because the expenditure of hundreds of billions of dollars on the deployment of  5G wireless networks is about to take place under a rule that allows the misallocation and over-recovery of costs.  The result will be even greater burden on consumers and national and local economies.

Here are the Affidavits filed May 20th, 2019

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