Our Work, Reports & Filings

Reports & Filings, 2014-2019

NEW NETWORKS INSTITUTE BIBLIOGRAPHY 1985-2019

REPORT SERIES: THE DIGITAL DIVIDE BY DESIGN   

 

  • THE “BIG FREEZE” PROCEEDING — We have filed in multiple FCC proceedings over the FCC’s accounting rules.
  • DESCRIPTION: Verizon, AT&T et al., with the help of the FCC, created the Digital Divide by “freezing” a federal accounting formula to match the year 2000– 18 years ago.  The FCC has never audited the financial books for 19 years, and has never fixed the harms that the Freeze caused.
  • On December 17th, 2018 the FCC decided to extend this “FREEZE’ until 2024 –6 more years. (It had intended to keep the Freeze for 15 more years.)

THE IRREGULATORS ARE APPEALING THIS DECISION. 

This is what we filed. The FCC never addressed any specific claim presented, including entire reports to document the failure of the FCC’s rules and how they created the Digital Divide. We have called for investigations of the harms caused by the accounting rules ,multiple times.

  • FILING:  Comments filed in “The Big Freeze“ Docket 80-286 and FCC 18-99 -FURTHER NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING
  •  FILED WITH COMMENTS: REPORT 1:  Did AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink & the FCC Intentionally Create the Digital Divide?
  • FILED AS REPLY COMMENTS:  REPORT 2: Verizon New York 2017 Annual Report: An Analysis of Cross-Subsidies and Customer Overcharging
  • DESCRIPTION: This report, based on the Annual Report shows that there is a utility and that it is hemorrhaging money because of the FCC.

 

  • MANIPULATION OF THE ACCOUNTING OF ACCESS LINES: THE USTELECOM  PETITION FOR FORBEARANCE
  • FILED AS COMMENTS:  REPORT 3: Bell Access Line Accounting Manipulation 1984-2018
  • Description: Verizon, AT&T, CenturyLink, and their association, USTelecom, with the help of the FCC, have manipulated the basic accounting of access lines, and have removed or hidden 80% of all lines, including all Business Data Services, (special access) DSL, competitor lines, FiOS, U-Verse, all of the wires to the cell sites or WiFi hot spots, alarm circuits, and this has been done to reinforce a claim that the utility networks are unprofitable.

FCC Filings and Related Reports

New Networks Institute & the IRREGULATORS filed in over 35 separate FCC  proceedings and created “Fixing Telecom” series.

  •  New Report: Solving Net Neutrality: We Found a Fatal Structural Flaw in Every FCC Proceeding”, February 26th, 2018
Partial List of the Proceedings We Filed In:
  • Net Neutrality Internet Order –Restoring Internet Freedom WC 17-108
  • Section 706 —Inquiry Concerning Deployment of Advanced Telecom Capability to All Americans GN 17-199
  • Shut off the Copper Proceedings —Accelerating Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment   Report and Order, Declaratory Ruling, and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – WC Docket No. 17-8
  • Technology Transitions, GN Docket No. 13-5
  • AT&T Petition to Launch a Proceeding Concerning the TDM-to-IP Transition, GN Docket No. 12-353
  • Wireless Replacement of Wired Services Wireless Infrastructure NPRM WT Docket Nos. 17-79 and 15-180
  • FCC Cost Accounting Rules Review of Part 32 Uniform System of Accounts Docket 14-130
  • Jurisdictional Separations and Referral to the Federal-State Joint Board CC Docket No. 80-286
  • Business Data Services (Special Access)   Docket No.16-143;WC Docket No. 05-25;

FCC and State Filings

VERIZON NEW YORK: EXAMINING THE FINANCIAL SHELL GAME

In July 2018, Verizon New York and the NY state Public Service Commission settled and closed the investigation that had started in 2015. Estimated to be worth $300-$500 million, Verizon NY is required to upgrade 32000 lines of fiber in unserved areas as well as maintain the existing copper networks that are not being upgraded, that has been left to deteriorate over the last 2 decades.

PREVIOUS REPORTS:  FIXING TELECOM REPORTS: 2015-

Over the last decade, New Networks Institute and the IRREGULATORS have created a series of research reports that were filed at the FCC as part of proceedings as well as at the NY Public Service Commission. We have already documented the harms of this ‘big freeze’ based on the Verizon New York Financial Reports.

REPORTS AND FILINGS, 2010-

These are the research reports which help to create the Verizon New York investigation and eventual settlement in July 2018.