The Unauthorized Bio of the Baby Bells & Info-Scandal
The Unauthorized Biography of the Baby Bells & Info-Scandal, published in 1999, was the first of a trilogy of books. The latest and final installment is “The Book of Broken Promises: $400 Billion Broadband Scandal & Free the Net, published September, 2014.
"Bruce Kushnick's new book exposes how the Baby Bells have been ripping us off since they were born out of AT&T since 1984."
From the Foreword by Dr. Bob Metcalfe (the inventor of Ethernet (computer networks), 1999.
The Unauthorized Biography of the Baby Bells & Info-Scandal is an exposé that gives an insider's view into the injustice of the Bells' monopoly power in the mega-billion dollar telecommunications industry. (NOTE: The original "Baby" Bells were: Ameritech, Bell Atlantic, BellSouth, NYNEX, Pacific Telesis, Southwestern Bell, and US West.)
Unprecedented in its scope of analysis and meticulous in his documentation of the impacts of the telecom monopolies, Kushnick tightly weaves together the threads of power, money and abuse into a unified field theory.
This massive, totally independent undertaking covers the entire telecom tapestry from the history of the Break up of the original company called "AT&T", in 1984 and the creation of the Baby Bells, their dubious business practices, their revenues and profits, the role of the FCC, Congress and state utility regulators, and why many of the laws, including the Telecom Act, are seriously flawed.
The foundation of this book is a seven-year research project and its reports have been published by Probe Research and Phillips Business Information. This research has been highlighted in numerous media, including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and CNN among other news outlets.
From the most naive telephone customers to the most astute telecom junkies, this book is sure to inform and infuriate everyone.
Table of Contents
Read the Introduction and What's in the Book
The Unauthorized Biography of the Baby Bells & Info-Scandal was the 1st book of a trilogy that started in 1999:
Book 3: The Book of Broken Promises: $400 Billion Broadband Scandal & Free the Net, September 2014 Ripped out of the headlines, The Book of Broken Promises is not only a factual history of broadband in America from AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink that you were never told about, and it is not just some cautionary tale, but is the third in a trilogy of books by telecom analyst Bruce Kushnick. It: a) Supplies new, never seen before data, telco financials and analysis that could solve Net Neutrality issues and restructure communications, b) documents, in detail, the broken promises and failure to upgrade the networks-- even though customers paid over $400 billion in excess fees and phone charges and America should have been already upgraded to fiber optics. c) Did you we were all charged over 9 times to wire America's schools & libraries? d) The book tells the complete history of the mergers and broken promises that created AT&T Verizon and Centurylink - and what to expect from the current mergers, including the proposed AT&T-Direct TV and Comcast-Time Warner proposed merger. E) It’s packed with current events covering broadband, Internet, cable and wireless services, including Net Neutrality, the “IP Transition”, fiber optic deployments, FiOS, U-Verse, municipality networks and much more. And it is designed for the average person who cares about these topics.
Book 2: The second in the trilogy was $200 Billion Broadband Scandal. It starts in 1992 and was first published in 2005, and documents how the phone companies made commitments to rewire America and received $200 billion through 2004 from changes in state law to customers. It also covers how the FCC decided to close the networks to direct competition. Featured on Bill Moyer's Emmy nominated PBS special, "The Net At Risk", in 2006, it was updated to $300 Billion Broadband Scandal in 2009. It has had over 710,000 downloads, with over 41,000 in just one week --July 16th, 2014.
About the Author Bruce Kushnick