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Tuesday, February 03, 2004


Pennsylvania: Teletruth Files 'Broadband Fraud' Complaint

Teletruth has filed an updated Complaint with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to investigate what they are calling "Broadband Fraud" for a potential refund of $1135.00 per household, representing over $3.9 billion in excess profits, tax deductions, and other financial perks. In 1994, Verizon (then Bell Atlantic) made a deal with the phone customers in the state. In exchange for deregulation that gave the phone company more profits as well as other financial perks, the company committed to creating a fiber-based network that could deliver two-way services at 45 MBps to customers' home and offices in rural, urban and suburban areas. By 2004, 50% of the state is supposed to be wired."

Meanwhile, Verizon has been busy in the state legislature trying to preserve its monopoly and effectively outlaw competition from municipal power utilities.


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