New Networks Advisors

New Networks Advisors

 

  • Bruce Kushnick, Executive Director

If you have ever used a telephone over the last three decades, odds are Bruce Kushnick  had something to do with it. Kushnick has been a telecom analyst for 32 years and is currently the executive director of New Networks Institute, a market research firm, and chairman of Teletruth, an independent customer advocacy group focusing on broadband and telecom issues.  Teletruth was a member of FCC Consumer Advisory Committee in 2003-2004 and has worked with the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy on competitive issues. It also helped to create the Broadband Bill of Rights, and research through Teletruth’s phone bill auditing services has led to class action suits and major refunds for phone bill overcharging.

Starting in 1982, Kushnick was a senior telecommunications analyst and during his career he has predicted that the addition of new technologies and networks would change the way we used the phone networks and he helped launch numerous interactive information markets and services that have now become commonplace. For example, while president of Strategic Telemedia *(1986-1991) the firm wrote the first report predicting the roll out of Caller ID (1988), (marketed through Jupiter Communications).  In 1992 Kushnick worked with Cox Newspapers and rolled out the first 3 digit information service, “511”, which is now common in many US cities. He also created the ‘500” network, which was deployed by AT&T as ‘caller-paid’ in 1995 and his research was used to create the first flat-rate long distance service—Sprint’s $.10 a minute plan, launched with Candice Bergen.

Kushnick has written a number of well known books, including $200 Billion Broadband Scandal, which was feature on Bill Moyer’s The Net at Risk, and The Unauthorized Bio of the Baby Bells, with foreword by Dr. Bob Metcalfe. Bruce currently writes for Huffington Post and was telecom expert for Harvard Neiman Foundations’ Watchdog. — read more.

  • Art Brodsky

Art Brodsky is the former vice president of communications for Public Knowledge, a Washington, D.C.-based public interest group, and is a veteran of Washington, D.C. telecommunications and Internet journalism and public relations.  He consults on a wide range of telecommunications and intellectual property issues, and is the proprietor of Continental Drive.

Art worked for 16 years with Communications Daily, a leading trade publication. He covered Congress through the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and other major pieces of legislation. He also covered telephone regulation at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and at state regulatory commissions. In addition, he has covered the online industry since before there was an Internet, coming in just after videotext died but before the World Wide Web. Art was later an editor with Congressional Quarterly, with responsibilities for the daily and Web coverage of telecom, tech and other issues. He also worked at newspapers around the country. Art’s work has appeared in publications as diverse as the Washington Post, TomPaine.com and the World Book encyclopedia. He was a commentator on the public radio program, Marketplace, and appeared on C-SPAN and blogs for  Huffington Post.. More about Art

  • Chuck Sherwood

As part of his involvement with national advocacy associations, Chuck serves as a member of the Alliance for Community Media’s Public Policy Working Group and the Policy and Legal Committee of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors.  He has organized and spoken at many conferences and workshops dealing with cable, telecom and broadband network infrastructure issues with a focus on how they can be used for community, educational and economic development.  In addition he has written articles for the ACM’s Community Media Review (CMR) and the NATOA Journal and served as the Guest Editor for the Summer 2010 issue of the CMR entitled, “CMCs Connecting with the New Broadband Networks”.

As part of his involvement with national advocacy associations, Chuck serves as a member of the Alliance for Community Media’s Public Policy Working Group and the Policy and Legal Committee of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors.  He has organized and spoken at many conferences and workshops dealing with cable, telecom and broadband network infrastructure issues with a focus on how they can be used for community, educational and economic development.  In addition he has written articles for the ACM’s Community Media Review (CMR) and the NATOA Journal and served as the Guest Editor for the Summer 2010 issue of the CMR entitled, “CMCs Connecting with the New Broadband Networks”.

  • Dana Spiegel

Dana Spiegel is an independent software consultant and founder of sociableDESIGN, a software and consulting firm that specializes in social software and wireless technology research and development. He has worked with industry leading companies and small start-ups including Yahoo!, Nike, Primedia, IBM, OnForce, and Bloostone to develop products and programs that utilize innovative social software and integrate new wireless technologies. He has also appeared as a speaker at Wireless and Media Industry conferences, and has guest lectured at NYU, SUNY Purchase, Parsons School of Design, and The New School University. Dana holds a Bachelors Degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from MIT and a Masters Degree in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Laboratory’s Sociable Media Group. Areas of Interest

As Executive Director of NYCwireless, Dana created and produced Spectropolis: Mobile Media, Art and the City, a three-day event on October 1, 2, and 3 that highlights the diverse ways artists, technical innovators and activists are using communication technologies to generate new urban experience and public voice. Spectropolis was co-produced by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Alliance for Downtown New York.

  • Dr. Ron Suarez

Dr. Ron Suarez is a former cognitive psychology professor turned serial software entrepreneur. He wrote assembly language programs for a Cognitive Psychophysiology Lab he directed in the early 1980′s and has since done virtually every aspect of development in the four startup businesses he founded.

He is currently the founder of  the start up NeighborSquad.TV “Fire your cable company with tech support from neighbors.”, and runs  LoudFeed.TV services provide digital strategy and technology solutions for social good with a focus on WordPress and BuddyPress (custom design, development, social media, HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, Themes and Plugins).

In 2007, Loud Feed provided consulting services to Tunecore.com and wrote the code which enables delivery of music and related metadata into Apple iTunes, Amazon MP3, Emusic.com, Rhapsody and other online retailers. Loud Feed was originally spun off from Object Insight (a Tech company based on Ron’s vision to create “UML for the rest of us” (Unified Modeling Language).  as a separate company to help music distributors, labels and artists to manage and monetize their music, video, show ticket info and related metadata using their own branded web site and e-commerce enabled social media widgets.

Ron was on the Ann Arbor City Council in 2006-2008,  where he  worked to hold back special interests from wasting taxpayer money and create more transparency in government to expose the real motivations behind decision making. And prior to that had created  Arbor Intelligent Systems, Inc. 1988had 30 engineers with a focus on Object Technology from Smalltalk to Java. More About Ron

  • Tom Allibone, Director of Audits

Tom Allibone, President of LTC Consulting, is the Director of Teletruth‘s Auditing Division. He has been a telecommunications professional with over 38 years experience. Prior to founding LTC Consulting in 1989, Tom worked for New Jersey Bell and AT&T as a systems consultant and National Account Manager, starting in 1970. Tom is an AT&T ‘legacy’ as his grandfather and father (and his wife) all worked for AT&T and the Bell System.
Tom has led Teletruth’s auditing capabilities which has resulted in the settlement of 2 class action suits against Verizon, New Jersey, as well as telecom auditing resulting in over $20 milloin in refunds. Tom was a member of the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee, and featured in the Emmy-nominated Bill Moyer PBS “The Net at Risk.”

Comments are closed, but trackbacks and pingbacks are open.