Last Day to Oppose $9 Billion-Dollar Telecom Giveaway Fund
TODAY is the deadline to submit your comments to oppose the FCC's "5G Fund for Rural America," which is a complete giveaway to the telecoms. (View the sample comment below and instructions on how to submit your comment.) Last year alone, the top three largest U.S. telecom companies, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, collectively generated over $358 billion dollars in consolidated revenue. Again, that's $358 BILLION DOLLARS. Now, the FCC wants to give telecom companies $9 billion of our hard-earned taxpayer dollars away to these ultra-rich companies to further expand their 5G footprints.
Sample Comment to the FCC (Docket No. 20-32)
Last year alone, the top three largest U.S. telecom companies, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, collectively generated over $358 billion dollars in consolidated revenue. Doling out $9 billion taxpayer dollars to fund 5G rollouts for ultra-rich companies would be a serious misappropriation of our assets.
With that, I strongly object to the 5G Fund for Rural America (Docket No. 20-32) and any other efforts to provide additional funding to the telecom industry for the buildout of their 5G wireless networks. For decades, consumers have been paying miscellaneous service fees and rate increases on landline phone bills that the telecom companies were supposed to use to build out a national fiber-optic network. Instead of fulfilling their promise to the American public, the telecoms continued to bill us and utilized "creative accounting" tactics to divert monies intended for fiber-optic build outs to fund their wireless agenda instead. Now, the American public has been stiffed out of the safe, secure, and reliable fiber-optic networks we already paid for, particularly in rural communities across the country. It seems the telecoms have enough to cover their costs without further burdening the American public. And frankly, the FCC has no business helping those who have already helped themselves. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, ___________