By Bruce Kushnik
Expose: AT&T California Fiber Optic Scandal: Billions Charged for Broadband that Never Showed Up.
In 1993, Pac Bell California announced it would be spending $16 billion on fiber optic upgrades to 5.5 million homes by the year 2000;1.5 million by 1996. This was 24 years ago.
Virtually no one knows the history of fiber optic broadband in America, much less what happened in their state, even though they were charged thousands of dollars per household. Instead, in 2017, we get embarrassing proposed laws, such as SB-649 in California, which claims that if the State just frees the companies from regulations, they will deliver new, "fabulous", broadband wireless services. These are tied to other bills and new proposed regulations, including current FCC proceedings to "shut off the copper" and replace it with wireless. It is time for investigations, not new gifts to AT&T et al.