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  TeleTruth Board of Advisors: Bruce Kushnick
"Leading Visionary in the Telecom Industry"
Asian Direct Marketing Symposium, 1993
"Bruce Kushnick's a player in D.C"
DSLPrime, 2003
"Phonebill Fanatic"
Washington Times, 1992
"Respected Telecom Analyst"
Telecommunications Mag. Cover story, 1992,
"Spearheading the Revolution"
Village Voice, 2001
"...The Industry Analyst"
The New York Times, 1988
"More Accurate than the FCC"
Washington Telecom Week, 1993
"Investigative Telecom Research Entity"
Internet News, 2001
"Organization Backed by Phone Money"
Ken Johnson, Rep. Tauzin's Spokemen, 2001

Bruce Kushnick, Chairman of Teletruth, and Executive Director, New Networks Institute (NNI), has been a respected telecommunications analyst and visionary for over 20 years. During his career he has predicted the growth of numerous interactive information markets and services that have now become commonplace. For example, in 1985, while Senior Analyst for Link Resources (now part of IDC), Kushnick predicted the explosive growth of 800 Services, voicemail and interactive voice services (Only 2% of businesses had voicemail in 1985, and now interactive voice is used for everything from automated banking to order placement).

Other reports he wrote while president of Strategic Telemedia (and sold through Jupiter Communications), predicted the rollout of Caller ID (1988), the creation and growth of "700" and "900" number services (1986) and even 900's stagnation (1990). He also created the 500 network, was one of the first to propose "511" and "311", and coined such commonly used industry terms as "Intelligent 800", "Telemedia", "Interactive Voice", and "500 Caller Paid".

Prior to 1992, he has advised clients including American Express, AT&T, MCI, Sprint, The Weather Channel, NTT, Ogilvy & Mather, Northern Telecom, British Telecom, Pacific Bell, and BellSouth on strategic and tactical issues relating to implementation of enhanced interactive communications.

In 1992, New Networks Institute, (NNI) was created to investigate, on a totally independent impartial basis, how the break-up of AT&T and the creation of Baby Bells had impacted subscribers and the future of "new networks". Since that time the Institute has completed the most comprehensive research project ever undertaken, published, in part, by Probe Research and Phillip's Business Information (now PBImedia.)

Some of Kushnick's predictions have been highly controversial, such as his finding in 1992 that the Bells monopolies should be broken-up. He called it "Divestiture II", and was called a "phonebill fanatic" by the Washington Times. In 1993 he predicted that the fiber-optic Information Highway was not going to be built. A Washington Technology cover story in 1994 stated, "If telecom analyst Bruce Kushnick is telling the truth (and we think he is) anyone involved in building the forthcoming National Information Infrastructure had better read his report word for word." In 1995, Kushnick's report "Internot" predicted the Dot.Com crash.

In 1999, NNI's research has been encapsulated in the book "The Unauthorized Bio of the Baby Bells & Info-Scandal", and free on the web., With over 10,000 downloads, (and counting), it has become a telecom classic.

In 2002, Kushnick and other individuals, small businesses, analysts, phonebill specialists and even phone and broadband customers formed Teletruth, to defend the public's telecom and broadband interests. Kushnick and his associates have help to establish class action suits, filed complaints with the FCC and various public service commissions, requested investigations by the IRS, worked with the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy to create a "Roundtable" for small competitors, and has help to create of "The Broadband Bill of Rights", a proposed piece of legislation.

In 2003, Teletruth was selected to be a member of the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee.

Mr. Kushnick graduated from Brandeis University, and was a Special Graduate Student at both Harvard and MIT. Bruce is an accomplished composer and pianist and performed at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1990.


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