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The Book of Broken Promises: $400 Billion Broadband Scandal & Free the Net Paperback – February 20, 2015
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About the Author
Bruce Kushnick is one of America’s leading telecommunications analysts and one of the most controversial. If you have used a touchtone phone over the last three decades, odds are he had something to do with it. In 1982, Kushnick predicted that the addition of new technologies would change the way America communicated and he helped to develop numerous services that are now commonplace. As senior telecom analyst for IDC’s Link Resources, he wrote some of the seminal research reports that heralded in the “Interactive Age”. In 1992, he helped to roll out the first three digit information service, “511”, which is now common in many US cities. But in 1992, a visit to his Aunt Ethel’s home made him realize that his clients (that would become AT&T and Verizon) had a dark side. He founded New Networks Institute, (NNI) to document and expose the companies’ plans and excesses. For example, America should have been the first fully fiber optic-based nation as customers paid over $400 billion extra in rate increases and tax perks by 2014 . Instead, the companies diverted funds to overseas investments or the executives’ compensation. In 2002, Kushnick helped to create Teletruth, a telecom advocacy group. Teletruth was a member of FCC Consumer Advisory Committee and helped to create proposed legislation, the Broadband Bill of Rights, a precursor to the Net Neutrality rules. And over the last decade, Teletruth’s phone bill auditing services has led to multiple, successful class action suits and major refunds for phone customers. In 2015, NNI and Teletruth have multiple, active complaints against the phone and cable companies at the FCC and state commissions. Kushnick’s books include $200 Billion Broadband Scandal, which was featured on Bill Moyer’s Emmy-nominated, The Net at Risk, and The Unauthorized Bio of the Baby Bells, with foreword by Dr. Robert Metcalfe (co-inventor of ‘Ethernet’). His work has been featured by almost all major US media outlets and blogs, from The New York Times and Washington Post to Ars Technica and Broadband Reports. Kushnick has had a lifelong addiction to sound and technology. He has a degree in music composition from Brandeis and was a special graduate student at both Harvard and MIT, combining artificial intelligence, psychology and music in a program that would become part of MIT’s Media Lab, not to mention working in MIT’s psychoacoustics labs. An accomplished composer and musician, Bruce has been playing the piano for 58 years.