I’ve been a telecom analyst for 34 years and my goal is to offer readers of Seeking Alpha a different, well documented, second opinion on the future of communications in America. In 1985 I was Senior Telecom Analyst for IDC’s Link Resources and wrote seminal reports outlining how the addition of new technologies would change the way America would use communications, which today are commonplace, (such as touchtone service or even voicemail). In 1992, as executive director of New Networks Institute, (NNI) we helped to roll out the first independent 3-digit service, 511, with Cox Newspapers and in 1995 our consumer survey with Probe Research was the basis of the first, flat rate-priced long distance service – Sprint’s $.10 cent a minute program. In 1995, NNI wrote “Internot”, predicting the first Internet crash, and in 1993 our report on the Info-highway detailed that America’s communications infrastructure, which was supposed to be all fiber, would not be built by the incumbents-- now AT&T, Verizon and Centurylink. Bruce Kushnick is the author of three books, including “The Book of Broken Promises”; NNI is now a consortium of experts, analysts and lawyers. Our goal on Seeking Alpha, then, is to not discuss stock prices or specific tech deployments but detail the critical trends that govern communications and the issues for both investors as well as those that use and rely on America’s communications infrastructure. Will 5 G be anything more than simply hype? It requires fiber optic deployments to work—will that ever happen? Will competitors, wireline and wireless, be able to use these networks or be shut out, and what are the consequences for cities or the companies who supply tech or want to offer video services? Will the current controls of ‘Broadband Data Services’ keep prices of broadband, internet and wireless services inflated or deliver slower speeds that many other countries enjoy? And how will the FCC, Congress, state or court decisions change the agenda? In short, we will strip away the hype from the reality and supply data and analysis that is not the ‘mainstream’ common wisdom, (which is many times more wrong that right) – and we will explain the underbelly—the information that is not discussed in the major media frequently but directly relates to investors who have a stake in communications companies and all services that travel over these wireline and wireless or cable networks – including Seeking Alpha. We do not own or even advise on stocks, etc. in this sector.