The videos posted below were taken just for fun… But, then again, they are a record of the existing and rapidly deteriorating condition of our 19th-century phone lines.  Don’t get me wrong. This copper is important to us. It remains available for communication during power outages. It is reliable if it is well maintained, so have a look. I think we are in trouble. The north sideline…


Corporate Verizon

June 18, 2014, DoITT Report Slams Verizon

DoITT is the agency responsible for a level of review.  Please volunteer to delve into its mysteries and possible service to AKNA. The New York City’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) June 18, 2015 report analyzed Verizon’s FiOS service in New York City. It concluded that it failed to deliver by a wide margin.  The audit found 40,000 open requests for FiOS service 75% been open for a year or longer.

Verizon responded to DoITT’s findings on June 12, 2015. The full text of the response is included as an addendum to the DoITT report.  DoITT has made it clear that Verizon’s responses did not materially alter the facts stated in the findings.

  • It has spent $3.5 billion in its New York-area FiOS rollout of 15,000 miles of fiber.
  • That the report is made public just before labor negotiations begin with the largest union is a ploy.
  • The report is based on erroneous factual conclusions and incorrect interpretations of the Agreement, particularly its conclusions on Verizon’s passing all of the City’s households with fiber-optic facilities.
  • The challenge we have is gaining access to properties, which of course, would expand availability. We look forward to working with the City to seek solutions to this issue.

If you subscribe to WSJ, the story is HERE.  The full report can be downloaded as a PDF HERE.  Or go to the DoITT site above with the option for a text version and other documents on this issue.

If you want to fight against broadband discrimination and promote net neutrality know this — three bills in Congress have already been introduced to makes us pay more for slower speeds.

Are We Throttled?

Will The V-Shoe Drop?

An excellent Wikipedia summary of Bandwidth throttling describes the intentional slowing of Internet service by an ISP (Internet Service Provider). Throttling can occur at different locations on a network for good reasons such as the prevention of crashing.

New “net neutrality” rules by the FCC aim at ending the slowly developing practice of  “pay for speed” policies by ISPs.  On this point,  Engadet has a good summary of the AT&T fine ($100M).

The obvious question for residents of NYC is whether Verizon is preparing to sell the “rats nest” we call landlines and continue attempts to end these landline services.  

Jon Brodkin, June 4, 2014 in a New York Times Op-Ed put it this way…

AT&T and Verizon are pushing hard to shift traditional landline service, which has mostly operated over copper lines, to a system of Internet-based phones by around 2020. If the Federal Communications Commission approves the switch as is, it could come as a shock to the 96 million Americans who still rely on landlines.

A good place to look for current news on issues the Federal Communications Commission manages will be found in the New York Times’ Times Topics section. (here)


Platforms like Mindmixer, ShareAbouts, ChangeByUs, ioby, and others offer new ways to define and solve problems shared by a neighborhood.

Ideas become productive (move toward implementation) because these platforms support resource gathering aimed at a problem that people share



Broadband Map

A click on the map above (or HERE) will take you to a website that illustrates all of the broadband in New York City.

  • The red dot on the map illustrates 380 Ocean, the only building in our area that gets high speed (over 50 Mbps (megabits per second). It is provided by Verizon.  Click the address to see more. 
  • The blue buildings (like Erasmus High School) are those where it is possible but like us at under 7 Mbps
  • The grey buildings (I put a square around AKNA) get less than that because of how the phone lines work (or don’t work) and the map legend reads “unknown”. 

Note: The little ‘b’ is for ‘bit.’ (Mbps) It is a capital ‘B.’ It is for ‘Byte’ (MBps). Mb and MB are abbreviations for the smaller vs. larger data sizes. (Thanks, Ian.)

The map is not fully up to date as most of Flatbush Commercial has an Optimum or FiOS line.


Invite representatives to be aware of your IT issues and concerns.

A letter for comment on how to get their help (a set of three or four questions/issues are all that are needed)

The sample below was used on July 17, 2015. As always thoughts on leverage are needed appreciated. Otherwise, it is just whining.

City Council

Council Member: Mathiew Eugene: District 40 – Democrat
Chair – Committee on Youth Services
District Office:
123 Linden Boulevard Brooklyn, New York 11226
District Office Phone

Legislative Office Address
250 Broadway Suite 1789 New York, NY 10007
Legislative Office Phone
Legislative Office Fax
Email Mathieu Eugene Eugene’s Council Website

It may be necessary to make a special interest in Councilmember Eugene contact if your are interested in additional research



Sen. Kevin S. Parker D-District21
55 Hansen Place Shirley A. Chisholm SOB, Suite 650
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: (718) 629-6401


Rodneyse Bichotte (42nd Assembly District)
District Office
1414 Cortelyou Road
Brooklyn, NY 11226


Yvette D. Clark, U.S. Congress
Brooklyn Office
123 Linden Boulevard 4th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11226
Phone: (718) 287-1142
Fax: (718) 287-1223
DC: (202) 225-6231
Committees: Energy and Commerce, Ethics, Small Business

See this District’s Ranking on the National Broadband Map

Schumer, Charles E. – (D – NY) Class III
322 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6542

Gillibrand, Kirsten E. – (D – NY) Class I
478 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4451

Building a Better Deal with Verizon

The following people provided support for the DoITT Report describing Verizon’s “spectacular failure”.

  • Council Member Dan Garodnick, Chair of the Committee on Economic Development.
    • 250 Broadway, Room 1762
      New York, NY 10007
      T: (212) 788-7393
  • Council Member Ben Kallos
    • 250 Broadway
      Suite 1738
      New York, NY 10007
  • Council Member Mark Levine
    • 250 Broadway, Rm. 1816
      New York, NY 10007
  • Susan Lerner, Executive Director, Common Cause NY  net  neutral advocate
    • 80 Broad Street #2703
      New York, NY 10004, USA
  • Professor Tim Wu,Columbia Law School  He coined the phrase “net neutrality”
    • Jerome Gsreene Hall, Rm 730
      435 West 116th Street
      New York, NY 10027

Last, but only vaguely least you can contact

The Public Advocate for the City of New York
1 Centre Street, 15 Floor North.
New York, NY 10007

Note: The budget of the Advocate is so low, that it remains largely ineffectual.