Following are some quotes from the book, $200 Billion Broadband Scandal. Cross-posted from The Cook Report.
Bruce Kushnick writes: "To be quite honest, we didn’t know the extent of just how much money was collected state by state until we actually filed complaints in Massachusetts in 1999 and Pennsylvania in 2001 over the failed deployments, and did a 20-year summary for this book.
And boy were we naïve to the power of the Bell companies to control the agenda through fraudulent data and gaming the regulatory system using fake consumer groups, biased research firms and campaign-financed politicians, to control everything from the FCC, to Congress, to the state legislatures and commissions to vote for phone-company-financed laws that are not in the public interest. After being a member of the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee (2003-2004), it became clear that many of the groups on the Committee, then and now, were nothing more than mouthpieces for those who fund them the Bell companies.