The FCC Aids and Abets Copper Wireline Shut Off

First, read about November 16, 2017, the day that will live in infamy. Then read about the results from that day. The copper Wireline shut off was planned by AT&T, Verizon and the FCC over the last seven years and is now being executed in the Trump era.

Are You in a Verizon or AT&T Shut Off Zone?

Will you be one of the disconnected?
By Bruce Kushnik 08/13/2013 04:07 pm ET Updated Oct 13, 2013; Link to original article

It’s about time we did the math — how many households and small businesses have the potential of being shut off or abandoned by Verizon and AT&T? How many will be forced to use Verizon’s Wireless services, even when they are not a substitute? How many copper lines are in service today in America today?

Trust me . . . there is a plan. Lowell Mac Adams, Verizon Chairman & CEO and former CEO of Verizon Wireless spoke on June 21, 2012:

But the vision that I have is we are going into the copper plant areas and every place we have FiOS, we are going to kill the copper. We are going to just take it out of service and we are going to move those services onto FiOS. We have got parallel networks in way too many places now, so that is a pot of gold in my view.

And then in other areas that are more rural and more sparsely populated, we have got LTE built that will handle all of those services and so we are going to cut the copper off there. We are going to do it over wireless. So I am going to be really shrinking the amount of copper we have out there …

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WikiLeaks CABLE About RF Microwave Radiation

In a 1976 classified memo, written by Ambassador Walter Stoessel to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and marked NODIS — No Distribution (other than to persons indicated) — the U.S. Government said that Radiofrequency Microwave (RF/MW) Radiation exposures of 1,000 to 15,000 microwattts per square meter (µW/m²) is a health hazard and is unacceptable.

Sun Apr 7, 2013 21:00 EST


The Kissinger Cables are part of today’s launch of the WikiLeaks Public Library of US Diplomacy (PlusD), which holds the world’s largest searchable collection of United States confidential, or formerly confidential, diplomatic communications. As of its launch on April 8, 2013 it holds two million records comprising approximately 1 billion words.

WikiLeaks’ publisher Julian Assange stated:

"The collection covers US involvements in, and diplomatic or intelligence reporting on, every country on Earth. It is the single most significant body of geopolitical material ever published."

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November 16, 2017: A Day That Will Live in Infamy

November 16, 2017 Open Commission Meeting

Watch the ALEC/Verizon/AT&T-Controlled FCC In Action at the Open Meeting held on 11/16/17 @ 10:30 am ET / 7:30 am PT.

The Agenda Items were voted through — every item — despite strong dissent from Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel (read their excellent statements of dissent, below). The voting-block of Chairman Pai and Commissioners O’Reilly and Carr are marching goose-stepped lock-stepped to enact the ALEC-agenda.

FCC Commissioners’ Statements:

  • 11/16/17 FCC Report and Order FCC — FCC Streamlines Requirements for Utility Pole Replacements

  • 11/16/17 FCC News Release — FCC Acts to Enable Investment in Next-Generation Networks

  • 11/16/17 FCC News Release — FCC Moves to Transform Lifeline Program for Low-Income Americans

  • 11/16/17 FCC News Release — FCC Modernizes Broadcast Ownership Rules

  • 11/16/17 FCC News Release — FCC Reexamines Need for Cable Data Collection Form

  • 11/16/17 FCC News Release — FCC Authorizes Next Gen TV Broadcast Standard

  • 11/16/17 FCC News Release — FCC Moves to Transform Lifeline Program for Low-Income Americans

November 16, 2017 House Hearing on the Race to 5G

Watch House Committee Hearing:The Race to 5G and its Potential to Revolutionize American Competitiveness at 10:00 am ET / 7:00 am PT

We don’t have to take this; we can do something about it.

1) Donate to this now necessary action: Sue the FCC

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Snapshot of FCC Majority Assault on Pro-Consumer Policies

Media Contact:
David Grossman
(202) 418-2100

For Immediate Release


WASHINGTON, November 15, 2017 – The following statement can be attributed to FCC Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn:

"Tomorrow, the FCC majority will continue down its destructive path of adopting a series of actions that fail to put consumers first:

The FCC majority (Chairman Pai and Commissioners Rielly and Carr) will

  • make it more difficult for low-income Americans to access affordable communications services;
  • adopt a new, so-called ‘voluntary’ television standard that has even more outstanding and unanswered questions than the February Notice of Proposed Rulemaking;
  • shred consumer and competition protections in times of technology transitions; and
  • open the door to massive media consolidation at the expense of localism, competition, and viewpoint diversity.

During the first 10 months of 2017, the FCC majority has given the green light to more than a dozen actions [see enclosure] that are a direct attack on consumers and small businesses, and most Americans are unaware that the agency established to protect the public interest has traded in that role for the chance to grant the wish lists of billion dollar companies.

What consumers want is fast, affordable broadband access. What consumers want is access to a free and open internet without fear of being throttled or assessed a toll by their broadband service provider. What consumers desire is programming options that reflect the diversity of their community. Sadly, what they have is an FCC majority that feels otherwise which is why I remain committed to fighting for policies that give voice to those who far too often go unheard."

Office of Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: (202) 418-2100 | Twitter: @MClyburnFCC |

This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text
of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC, 515 F.2d 385 (D.C. Cir. 1974).

A Snapshot of the FCC Majority’s Assault on Pro-Consumer Policies

Prepared by the Office of FCC Commissioner Clyburn
November 15, 2017

In the first 10 months of 2017, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and his majority colleagues have:

  1. Initiated the process of undoing the Commission’s 2015 open internet protections, despite having been upheld by the D.C. Circuit last year.

  2. Reinstated the technologically obsolete UHF discount, thereby enabling a single broadcast station group to reach more than 70 percent of television households.

  3. Deregulated the business data services market thanks to the use of faulty data and a lackadaisical market analysis.

  4. Eliminated key broadcast ownership rules that were put in place to promote localism, competition and viewpoint diversity.

  5. Proposed to reform the Lifeline program in a way that jeopardizes our efforts at ubiquitous and affordable services across the country.

  6. Eliminated transparency (eliminated rules that required) broadband providers be transparent with their consumers about things like data caps on their broadband connection.

  7. Refused any attempts to address and fix longstanding inmate calling services issues.

  8. Revoked the designation of nine entities already approved to provide Lifeline broadband service — the first time the FCC has ever revoked licenses without cause.

  9. Refused to review an $85 billion transaction that has significant implications on the communications sector.

  10. Issued a stay of the FCC’s rule requiring voice and broadband providers to take reasonable measures to secure the data that they gather from their customers.

  11. Initiated an inquiry that proposes lowering the bar for what we now consider to be high-speed broadband (changing the definition of broadband from the current 25 Mbps down/3 Mbps up to 10 Mbps down/1 Mbps up)

  12. Adopted a mobile competition report using flawed and truncated analysis, in order to erroneously conclude that the market for commercial mobile wireless services was effectively competitive.

  13. Eliminated the main studio rule that has ensured those entrusted with use of the public airwaves have a local presence in their community.

  14. Removed cybersecurity from the charter of an important federal advisory committee — the Communications, Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC).

NASA Engineer Opposes Small Cells in Piedmont, CA

Watch CBS-KPIX, Channel 5 news coverage: Nov 15, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
re: Dangerous Crown Castle/Verizon Cell Towers in Piedmont, CA

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Nasa Engineer, Peter Harvey Being Interviewed by CBS-KPIX News, SF Bay Area

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The Insidious Wheel of Misfortune

The Trump-FCC-AT&T-Et Al. Plan

By Bruce Kushnik 11/10/2017 03:10 am ET; Link to original article

Note: In Part I laid out how the FCC, which has oversight over most of the phone and cable companies’ business, has been captured by AT&T, Verizon et al. Chairman Pai is a former Verizon attorney; Commissioner Carr worked with Verizon, AT&T, and the wireless and phone associations as a lawyer for Wiley Rein, and Commissioner O’Reilly is a friend of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which creates model legislation designed and funded, in large part, by Verizon and AT&T. Since the companies helped to position this FCC takeover, they have also helped to create a voting-block that gives this Gang of 3 the ability to control, not only the agenda, but also the outcome and make it biased towards the companies’ wishes and against the Public’s interests.

The “Wheel of Mis-Fortune” is Insidious and Harmful

We uncovered that the FCC et al. have created a series of interconnected proposed rules, regulations and actions. Unfortunately, we, the public, are now facing at least 10-20+ different cuts into the public interest, (depending on how you count). Killing off net neutrality is just one of the many planned harms. While none of this is new, it is now a concealed, heavily-funded and very well coordinated plan, aided by the ability of the companies to control the FCC’s votes.

Primary Goals: AT&T and Verizon plan to be wireless-only entertainment companies. To get there the plan is to:

  1. Shut off the retail to-the-home Wireline networks and force customers onto more expensive wireless networks to their homes.

  2. Privatize the majority of the publicly owned Wireline networks as “Business Data Services” so the Telecoms are free to charge whatever prices they wish for access by their competitors.

  3. Get rid of all regulator obligations and constraints, from Title II duties: from financial accounting, to net neutrality, customer privacy and many others.

  4. Use the FCC, not market forces, to push through this plan.

Each of these goals have specific FCC proceedings that are designed to move a slice of the agenda forward. The Telecom companies aim to get their way with little or no consideration of the customers, municipalities or the public good.

The Trump-FCC-AT&T Et Al. Wheel of Misfortune

Before we detail the current FCC proceedings, let’s do a summary and go around the Wheel of Mis-Fortune clockwise. The Telcos use (and the FCC allows them to use) manipulated accounting to make the Wireline networks "look" unprofitable and the Wireless networks to "look" much more profitable than they are. We will connect the dots to the actual FCC dockets in a moment.

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Verizon Asks FCC to Prohibit States from Protecting Privacy

By Ernesto Falcon, November 3, 2017; Link to original article.

After lobbying Congress to repeal consumer privacy protections over ISPs, Verizon wants the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to do it a favor and preempt states from restoring their privacy rights. While Congress repealed the previous FCC’s privacy rule, it left the underlying Section 222 intact. As a result, dozens of state bills were then introduced to restore broadband privacy, mirroring Section 222 of the Communications Act.

Verizon’s two-pronged attack on privacy protections for Internet users would require the FCC to not only abandon federal privacy protections (which is part of their Title II common carrier obligations), but to also prohibit states from protecting the privacy of their residents.

The states, however, have a vital role to play in protecting Internet subscribers, particularly given the rollback of federal protections. It would be unwise for the FCC to attempt to block such protections at Verizon’s behest, and it would be on shaky legal footing if it tried to do so.

Legally, Congress has the power to override state laws that interfere with federal regulation, subject to important limits set forth in the Constitution. This power is called "preemption" – Congress can "preempt" state law. Since preemption interferes with states’ ability to govern conduct within their borders, courts do not simply assume that all action by federal regulators can overturn state laws. Contrary to Verizon’s claims that the FCC has clear authority to preempt on privacy, it would be legally unwise and potentially unlawful for the FCC to preempt the states.

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Handcuffing Cities to Help Telecom Giants

By Susan Crawford 3/29/17, 12:00 am; Link to original article


It’s good to be one of the handful of companies controlling data transmission in America. It’s even better — from their perspective — to avoid oversight. And it’s best of all to be a carrier that gets government to actually stop existing oversight.

The stagnant telecommunications industry in America has long pursued the second of those goals — avoiding oversight, or even long-range thinking that would favor the interests of all other businesses and all other Americans over those of AT&T, Verizon, Charter, and Comcast — by proclaiming that there is something really magnificent coming any day now from the industry that will make anything regulators are worrying about irrelevant. And now that technique is at the heart of achieving Goal Three—wiping out oversight.

Case in point: Right now, plans are being implemented at the FCC and at least 17 state legislatures to block cities from constraining uses of their rights-of-way by private cellular companies for 4G/5G deployments that — you guessed it — are coming any day now. In other words, if a city wants to set up a fair and competitive system that favors competitors, citizens, and long-range goals instead of the interests of a single big company—well, that would be illegal. This nationwide effort is aimed at, effectively, privatizing public rights of way.

What’s the justification? Here’s the argument the cellular industry — itself mostly a duopoly of AT&T and Verizon, with Sprint and T-Mobile together accounting for about 30 percent of the market — is making at every level:

  • We’re in a big hurry to lower the costs of deployment of advanced wireless systems, nicknamed 5G;

  • If you could stop these cities from constraining uses of their public rights-of-way, we could save money when we do these installations;

  • If we saved money by getting these pesky localities out of the way, we’d be free to invest more in high-speed internet access, including in rural areas;

  • In fact, if we installed more 5G we’d solve all your internet access problems — who needs wires when we’ve got wireless?

Every step of this argument is misleading. And the whole widespread, multi-level, fast-moving effort is a distraction from the country’s real internet access problems. But it takes a couple of sentences to explain why, and so in the meantime credulous state legislators are falling all over themselves passing bills aimed at wiping out the future ability of a city to control its own data destiny.

There is an alternative that makes much more sense. Cities need to figure out — quickly — how to require neutral wireless infrastructure to be shared by all industry players, at a reasonable, neutral cost to any requestor. Cities need to ensure that they have ample dark fiber available at a reasonable cost for all of those wireless interconnection points and for all wired competitors — like they did in Westminster, MD.

6/21/17 House Committee on Energy and Commerce:

Defining and Mapping Broadband Coverage in America
View at 42:57: Dr. Robert Wack from Westminster, MD (town of 18,000)
re: public/private partnership for publicly owned fiber-optic network,
providing 1,000 Mbps for everyone: urban, suburban and rural

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US House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

Key 2017 Hearings of House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

Part of House Committee on Energy and Commerce

The videos of the Hearings, listed below, are worth your time to view. They provide the background to understand which Telecom bills are getting traction in both the House and the Senate, and which are not. The bills on this list, appear as 2017 Bills, but many have been introduced in earlier legislative sessions, but not forwarded by the current Republican leadership in the House or Senate or not taken up by the other Chamber. Each of the bills is like a kid waiting to be picked to play in the game: that’s why there are so many similar bills, each is trying to get the right “secret sauce” (language, compromises, bi-partisan support) to get selected and sent into the game. Not surprisingly, bills authored by Republicans get picked more often in this Republican administration, because being the Majority has real privileges. Listen to the frustration of the Democrat Representatives in these videos to get a sense of this process.

  • 6/21/17 Video of Hearing on Defining and Mapping Broadband Coverage in America
  • 10/11/17 Video of Hearing on Markup of Draft Bill to Reauthorize the Federal Communications Commission (‘FCC’)
  • 10/25/17 Video of Hearing on Oversight of the FCC

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