November 2020 ~ The NIMDA and Anthrax Fraud

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The untold story Cyberterrorism event as told by former AT&T (SBC Global) Programmer. Unpaid, beaten, set on fire, family murdered, linked to Anthrax, San Bruno Explosion, and the deadly #campfire. AT&T has buried a domestic terrorism story - the question is why. Through this portal we'll ask them why


 Funny as ever but read Pete Bennett's telecommunications story regarding Advanced Telecom Group (ATG) acquired by Integra Telecom, and his role with the Windows Server viruses connected to the World Trade Center Bombing. 


Portland, Ore. – Dec. 7, 2012 – Integra Telecom Inc., a provider of fiber-based, carrier- grade networking, communications and technology solutions, today announced the completion of the acquisition of the equity interests in Integra previously held by Goldman, Sachs & Co., Integra’s largest shareholder, by investment funds affiliated with Searchlight Capital Partners, L.P.
(collectively, “Searchlight”).

“We are pleased to complete our investment in Integra,” said Eric Zinterhofer, a founding partner of Searchlight. “With an extensive fiber network and an expanded roster of network products and services, Integra has a solid foundation for long-term growth. Searchlight looks forward to working with shareholders, management and the board to bring Integra’s growth potential to fruition.”

“Searchlight joins us as an ideal partner to help Integra execute on its strategic plan,” said Jesse Selnick, CFO of Integra. “In the past 12 months, Integra has aligned our organization to serve medium-to-large size businesses with a full slate of enterprise- grade products, and Searchlight’s industry expertise will play a vital role as we carry that momentum forward.”

On Oct. 10, Integra announced that Searchlight entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all of the equity interests in Integra held by Goldman, Sachs & Co., Searchlight’s third announced investment. Searchlight is led by senior partners formerly with industry leading investment management firms and possessing significant investment experience in the communications sector.


About Liberty Global
Integra is one of the largest facilities-based providers of communication and networking services in the western United States. We connect businesses of all sizes with advanced networking, communications and technology solutions in 35 metropolitan markets. Integra owns and operates an enterprise-class network consisting of a 5,000-mile long-haul fiberoptic network, 3,000 miles of metropolitan fiber and a nationwide IP/MPLS network. Our fiber network connects directly to more than 2,000 enterprise buildings and data centers. Through our expansive Ethernet footprint, we can deliver high-bandwidth services to more than 400,000 businesses. At Integra, we understand our customers need reliable, secure and flexible solutions delivered with unmatched expertise and quality of service. For more information, visit


About Searchlight
Searchlight is a private investment firm founded in 2010 by senior partners formerly with industry leading investment management firms. Searchlight Capital Partners currently manages over $860 million, invests in a wide range of industries in North America and Europe, and has offices in New York, London and Toronto. For more information, please visit


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Advanced Telcom Group Inc

The Competitive Local Exchange Carrier 

How did Pete Bennett become connected SBC Global working on a project connected to CLEC and LEC exchanges during 9/11 but also enduring Southern Pacific tactical witness kills connected to Qwest, Sprint and have his truck explode? 

Good question 

Spring 2002 Pete Bennett employed in the ATG offices in Concord CA located on East Street just a few blocks from the PacBell central office and the Concord Bank of America Campus.  

June to October 2001 Bennett contracted to  

Advanced Telcom Group Inc

Advanced TelCom Group Inc. (ATG) provides telecommunications services. The Company offers local telephone, domestic and international long distance service, Internet and data services including high-speed DSL technology, and other enhanced voice services. ATG serves residential and small- to medium-sized business customers.










19 Old Courthouse Square Santa Rosa, CA 95404 United States








Post 9/11 Suicide of Bank of America Employee Kevin Flanagan


The Post 9/11 Suicide of US Programmer trained his replacement

Pete Bennett had enough gumption to hold a protest at the Concord Bank of America Campus in June 2003. A year Bennett's truck exploded but wait offices of counsel were torched.

Pete Bennett of nomoreh1b standing with the Suicide Protesters


The Kinder Care Details



Bennett gets hired at Advanced Telecom Group - they file BK Bennett loses 30K in commisions?


ATG's sale is good news for local customers

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Buyout by Integra Telecom means continued service for 800 clients of the telecommunications company

A Beaverton-based telecommunications firm is the apparent successful bidder for bankrupt Advanced TelCom Group Inc.'s customers and assets in Oregon and Washington.

Integra Telecom, a provider of local, long-distance and Internet services for small and mid-size businesses, has reached an agreement with Santa Rosa, Calif.-based ATG that will preserve service for ATG's 800 Southern Oregon customers.

The transaction awaits approval June 6 in bankruptcy court and requires completion of definitive agreements.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Integra is a closely held firm with roots reaching back to 1984. It was acquired by Dudley Slater and Ted Berns in 1996 and was registered as a competitive local exchange carrier.

The acquisition also includes ATG customers in Nevada and Santa Rosa, Calif., and will more than double Integra's service capacity, while infusing it with substantial cash flow.

This transaction validates our primary business objective: to provide a quality, reliable, locally based service alternative to the vital small- to medium-sized business community, said Slater, Integra's chief executive officer, in a statement

Integra currently serves customers as far south as Eugene. ATG's area sales manager ron Cantrall predicted Integra will soon add employees in Eugene and Medford, where its staff had been whittled to a lone technician.

This transaction significantly overlaps Integra's service areas and current customer base. It also serves customers in Minnesota, Utah and North Dakota.

Company investors, such as Bank of America, CIT Group and Boston Ventures, have raised & 36;251 million in recent years. In December, Integra began producing positive cash flow.

ATG was forced to sell off its assets when it could no longer service its debt, despite &

36;560 million in venture capital and lines of credit.

This company has been very conservatively financed so that it will never outgrow its means, said John Nee, Integra's marketing vice president. We expanded in 2000, but not outside what we could afford, and now we're in a position where our investors trust us.

At its height, ATG had more than 700 employees. It was down to 280 when it filed for Chapter 11 protection on May 2.

TelePacific of Los Angeles will purchase ATG's accounts out of Concord, San Rafael, San Ramon, Pleasanton and Napa offices.

Curt Wheeling, a former ATG vice president, has an agreement to buy the company's test lab.

Reach reporter Greg Stiles at 776-4463 or e-mail


The Private Equity Spinal Tap and EDD Fraud - Time to Look For Fiber Optic Taps


The Private Equity Spinal Tap 

The Fiber Optic Tap - getting into your business, bedroom, boardroom and the Community Chest.  When you're sued by Russians you'll understand immediately why Russia turns up your pre-paid T-Mobile cell phone

Qwest Communications International, Inc. and the witness murder in Bennett vs. Southern Pacific costing Bennett millions



Qwest Communications International, Inc. was a large United States telecommunications carrier. Qwest provided local service in 14 western and midwestern U.S. states: ArizonaColoradoIdahoIowaMinnesotaMontanaNebraskaNew MexicoNorth DakotaOregonSouth DakotaUtahWashington, and Wyoming.

On April 22, 2010, CenturyLink announced it would acquire Qwest in a stock transaction.[2] The merger closed on April 1, 2011. Qwest began doing business as CenturyLink in August 2011.[3]

Qwest provided voice, Internet backbone data services, and digital television in some areas. It operated in three segments: Wireline Services, Wireless Services, and Other Services. The Wireline Services segment provided local voice, long-distance voice, and data and Internet (DSL) services to consumers, businesses, and wholesale customers, as well as access services to wholesale customers. The Wireless Services segment was achieved by a partnership with Verizon Wireless. Qwest also partnered with DirecTV to provide digital television service to its customers. In PhoenixDenverSalt Lake CityBoise, and Omaha, Qwest offered Qwest Choice TV (later also known as Qwest Digital Television), an IPTV service over DSL. This service was retired in October 2008 (after being no longer available to new customers in May 2008), leaving DirecTV as the only TV service Qwest provided. Qwest Choice TV customers were moved to DirecTV. The Other Services segment primarily involved the sublease of real estate assets, such as space in office buildings, warehouses, and other properties.

Qwest Communications also provided long-distance services and broadband data, as well as voice and video communications globally. The company sold its products and services to small businesses, governmental entities, and public and private educational institutions through various channels, including direct-sales marketing, telemarketing, arrangements with third-party agents, company's Web site, and partnership relations. As of September 13, 2005, Qwest had 98 retail stores in 14 states. Qwest Communications was headquartered in Denver, Colorado at 1801 California Street, in the second tallest building in Denver at 53 stories. The majority of Qwest occupational or non-management employees were represented by two labor unions; the Communications Workers of America and in Montana, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Qwest also had software development centers in Bangalore and Noida (New Delhi), India called Qwest Software Services.



Founded in 1996 by Philip Anschutz, Qwest began in an unconventional way. Anschutz, who owned the Southern Pacific Railroad at the time, established the subsidiary Southern Pacific Telecommunications Company and began installing the first[where?][citation needed] all-digital, fiber-optic infrastructure along his railroad lines and connecting them into central junctions in strategic locations to serve businesses with high-speed data and T1 services. In 1997, the Southern Pacific Railroad was merged into the Union Pacific, in which Qwest gained access to UP's railroad lines to lay fiber-optic cable for its telecom network. At that time Anschutz had a contract with MCI to lay nationwide fiber for them along the railway lines; he took advantage of this situation and laid his own fiber along with that of MCI. In 1995, SP Telecom moved from San Francisco to Denver after acquiring Dallas-based Qwest Communications Corp., a digital microwave system owner, taking over its name and facilities. The Qwest headquarters were at 555 17th Street.

Qwest Communications grew aggressively, acquiring internet service provider SuperNet in 1997, followed by the acquisition of LCI, a low cost long-distance carrier (located in Dublin, Ohio and McLean, Virginia) in 1998, and followed again by the acquisition of Icon CMT, a web hosting provider, also in 1998. This launched Qwest as not only a provider of high speed data to the niche market of corporate customers, but also a quick-growing residential and business long-distance customer base that it quickly merged into its data service.

US West acquisition[edit]

USWEST Corporate Logo, 1984–2000

Qwest merged with "Baby BellUS West on June 30, 2000 through an apparent hostile takeover. Philip Anschutz owned 17.5% of the resulting company. Unlike prior merger transactions between the Baby Bells, in which the acquired entities survived as subsidiaries of SBC Communications and Bell Atlantic, US WEST ceased to exist when it was immediately absorbed into Qwest with all subsidiaries of US WEST becoming directly owned by Qwest.

As a condition of the merger, Qwest was required to sell off its long-distance operations in the 14-state boundary in which it provided local telephone services. They were eventually sold to Touch America. In 2003, Qwest acquired Touch America from 360networks after Touch America filed for bankruptcy. The acquisition ended ongoing disputes between the two companies in which Touch America alleged Qwest continued to illegally sell long-distance services within the former US WEST region.[4]

Directory operations sale[edit]

In 2002, Qwest agreed to sell its directory operations, QwestDex, to private equity firms The Carlyle Group and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe for $7 billion. The sale allowed Qwest to generate cash to fend off a bankruptcy filing to which it may have had to resort due to significant amounts of debt it had incurred since the collapse of the dot-com bubble.[5] The resulting company was named Dex Media, when the sale was completed in 2004.


Qwest Communications has partnered with other major communications companies during its history.

In Europe, Qwest partnered with the Dutch national telecom operator KPN to create the pan-European data communications and hosting company KPNQwest. KPNQwest was formed in November 1998 and went on to launch an initial public offering on the Nasdaq and Amsterdam stock Exchanges in November 1999. KPNQwest collapsed in bankruptcy in 2002.

In the US, Qwest partnered with AT&T and Verizon to form[6] Created on July 9, 2008, the website is a program designed to help customers in the process of moving find home service providers available in their area.[7]


Customer complaints and consumer issues[edit]

One of the historically significant mass complaints regarding Qwest involved allegations that the then-long-distance-only company switched local telephone service customers over to Qwest's long-distance service without their permission, an illegal practice known as slamming. In July 2000, Qwest paid a $1.5 million fine to the Federal Communications Commission to resolve slamming complaints. In April 2001, they paid a $350,000 fine to the Pennsylvania Bureau of Consumer Protection after the state cited them for deceptive advertising and slamming practices.[8] The company's settlements included a requirement that all of its sales employees sign a pledge stating that slamming was barred and a condition for dismissal from Qwest employment.

Accounting and insider trading irregularities[edit]

The company was also involved in accounting scandals, and was fined $250 million by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), to be split into two $125 million payments due to the poor state of Qwest's current financial health. Among the transactions in question were a series of deals from 1999 to 2001 with Enron's broadband division which may have helped Enron conceal losses. In 2005, former Chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) Joseph Nacchio, former President and chief operating officer (COO) Afshin Mohebbi and seven other former Qwest employees were accused of fraud in a civil lawsuit filed by the SEC. Separately, Nacchio was convicted of 19 counts of insider trading in Qwest stock on April 19, 2007.[9] On March 31, 2011 US Federal Judge Marcia Krieger issued a summary judgement rejecting all SEC's claims against Afshin Mohebbi and ruling in his favor.

Qwest's slogan from 1998-2002 was "Ride The Light", which was meant to portray the company as technologically advanced. In October 2002, Richard C. Notebaert, who took over as CEO in June of that year, introduced the "Spirit of Service" campaign which promotes the company as being refocused on customer satisfaction. This slogan was in use until October 2008.

In 2004, Qwest became the first Regional Bell operating company (RBOC) in the United States to offer Standalone DSL (also known as Naked DSL), i.e. DSL Internet service that does not require the customer to have local landline phone service.

Refusal of NSA surveillance requests[edit]

In May 2006, USA Today reported that millions of telephone calling records had been handed over to the United States National Security Agency by AT&T Corp.Verizon, and BellSouth since September 11, 2001. This data has been used to create a database of all international and domestic calls. Qwest was allegedly the lone holdout, despite threats from the NSA that their refusal to cooperate may jeopardize future government contracts,[10] a decision which has earned them praise from those who oppose the NSA program.[11]

In the case of ACLU v. NSA, U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor on August 17, 2006 ruled that the government's domestic eavesdropping program is unconstitutional and ordered it ended immediately.[12] The Bush Administration filed an appeal in the case, and Judge Taylor's decision was overturned by the appeals court.

Former Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio, alleged in appeal documents that the NSA requested that Qwest participate in its wiretapping program more than six months before September 11, 2001. Nacchio recalls the meeting as occurring on February 27, 2001. Nacchio further claims that the NSA cancelled a lucrative contract with Qwest as a result of Qwest's refusal to participate in the wiretapping program.[13] Nacchio surrendered April 14, 2009 to a federal prison camp in Schuylkill, Pennsylvania to begin serving a six-year sentence for an insider trading conviction. The United States Supreme Court denied bail pending appeal the same day.[14][15]

A social media experiment and website covering the Qwest holdout, "Thank you Qwest dot Org"[16] built by Netherlands-based webmaster Richard Kastelein and American expatriate journalist Chris Floyd, was covered by the CNN Situation Room,[17] USA Today,[18] New York Times,[19][20] International Herald Tribune,[21] Denver Post,[22][23],[24] and the Salt Lake Tribune.[25]

Merger with CenturyLink[edit]

On April 22, 2010, CenturyLink announced it would acquire Qwest in a 0.1664 shares of CenturyLink common stock for each share of Qwest common stock transaction. CenturyLink shareholders will hold a 50.5% share of ownership in the combined company, while Qwest shareholders would own the remaining 49.5%. The valuation of CenturyLink's purchase as of April 21, 2010 is $22.4 billion, including the assumption of $11.8 billion of outstanding debt held by Qwest as of December 31, 2009.[26][27] Qwest has started to do business as CenturyLink from August 8, 2011.

Corporate structure[edit]

The Qwest corporate headquarters in Denver.

Qwest Communications International, Inc. was the holding company. It is the parent company of many more entities, but those listed below were the main operating units:

  • Qwest Corporation was an incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC), and since it was part of the AT&T Bell Operating System as Mountain Bell, it is also a Bell Operating Company. Qwest Corporation serves an in-region local market which consists of the 14 states in which the pre-merger U S WEST provided local telephone service. Qwest Corporation also provides administrative and operation services such as financial, human resources, IT, and legal to the Qwest family of companies—the Qwest affiliates. It also owns El Paso County Telephone.
  • Qwest L D Corp. was a subsidiary providing long-distance calling services within the Qwest Corporation operating boundaries.
  • Qwest Communications Company, LLC was an affiliate of Qwest that can provide local services but currently provides long-distance telephone and long-haul data services. It was the classic pre U S WEST merger entity founded in 1966 as Southern Pacific Telecommunications Company. Qwest Communications Corporation changed its name and corporate status on January 2, 2009, to a limited liability company. Qwest Communications made an agreement with CSX in which it could use its rail lines as a right-of-way for a fiber-optic system. Qwest Communications International, the holding company, took the slogan Ride the Light as a result of this.

Defunct entities[edit]

Malheur Home Telephone Company: Commonly known as Malheur Bell, it was merged into its corporate parent Qwest Corporation on December 14, 2009.

Qwest Interprise America: Merged into Qwest Service Corporation in 2007 then moved to Qwest Communications Company, LLC.

Qwest Services Corporation: While still a legal entity, it previously supplied the administrative and operation services Qwest Corporation currently provides.

Qwest Cyber.Solutions: Operated as an application service provider (ASP) in the late 1990s and early 2000s (decade) hosting, managing and integrating complex software offerings such as SAP, Oracle and JD Edwards.

U S WEST, Inc.: The Regional Bell Operating Company it acquired in 2000. It was legally merged into Qwest on June 30, 2000.


Stonepeak Announces Agreement to Acquire Astound Broadband from TPG for $8.1 Billion


Stonepeak Announces Agreement to Acquire Astound Broadband from TPG for $8.1 Billion

Represents the largest private equity acquisition in the U.S. in 2020 and the largest cable transaction in the past five years

PRINCETON, N.J.--()--Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners (Stonepeak), a private equity firm specializing in infrastructure investing, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Astound Broadband (Astound), the sixth largest U.S. cable operator in the United States that operates leading regional providers RCN, Grande, Wave and enTouch. Stonepeak will acquire the company from TPG Capital and Patriot Media Management for $8.1 billion. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2021 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

Stonepeak is partnering with Patriot Media, the industry-leading management team headed by Steve Simmons and Jim Holanda that currently manages Astound. The company is a premier broadband provider offering internet, entertainment, communications, connectivity and fiber infrastructure solutions for residential customers and businesses of all sizes. The company has built modern, top-quality, high-speed communications infrastructure networks that offer gigabit speeds serving eight of the top ten largest metro areas throughout the United States. RCN, Grande, Wave and enTouch serve over one million customers with 23,000 miles of fiber across Chicago, Eastern Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York City, Northern California, Oregon, Texas, Washington, DC., and Washington.

“We are delighted to partner with Steve, Jim and the Astound team for the next chapter of growth. Astound is the premier operator of critical broadband infrastructure in the United States with a long history of delivering market leading customer service and network performance to communities across the country. In our increasingly connected society, we believe there is an extraordinary opportunity to deliver faster speeds and greater coverage, fundamentally enabling many aspects of everyday life,” said Brian McMullen, Partner at Stonepeak.

The company is at the forefront of the residential and business connectivity transformation, providing customers across the country with access to great high-speed broadband along with other innovative TV and phone services. As part of the partnership with Stonepeak, Patriot Media will continue to invest significantly in the network and in technology, enabling the company to expand and grow its fiber rich infrastructure, deliver gigabit per second high-speed data services and create the premier internet experience in their markets.

“We have created a market leading broadband platform with national reach, broad capabilities and expertise, and exciting growth potential,” said Jim Holanda, CEO. “We are very eager and excited to partner with a premier investor such as Stonepeak to further accelerate our growth and take our companies to new levels of customer satisfaction and performance. We also want to thank TPG for their great support and partnership over the past four years.”

“As we continue to grow our platform, our core objectives remain the same: to deliver exceptional service to our customers and communities, a best-in-class experience for our employees, and outstanding results for our investors,” said Steve Simmons, Chairman of Patriot Media and member of the Cable Hall of Fame. “Our mission and management vision are aligned with Stonepeak and we very much look forward to our partnership with them.”

Patriot Media has been involved with these brands for more than a decade, beginning with its management of RCN in 2010. The team has led the businesses, each of which operates under its respective name, through significant periods of growth.

“We’ve had a long-held theme and belief in the growing value of broadband infrastructure, culminating in our successful investment in Astound Broadband, in partnership with Patriot Media,” said David Trujillo, Partner at TPG. “We’re proud to have been part of the company’s journey, which has been characterized by significant platform expansion, strong growth and great leadership. We wish Steve, Jim and the outstanding Patriot management team well, as they continue to grow Astound in partnership with Stonepeak.”

Stonepeak’s investment in Astound reflects its strategy of partnering with leading management to support market leaders within digital infrastructure to enable growth oftentimes through incremental capital investment. Stonepeak has been an early and active investor in digital infrastructure, with multiple investments across the data center, fiber and wireless space.

BofA Securities and Lazard are acting as financial advisors to Stonepeak, and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is serving as legal counsel. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC are acting as financial advisors to Astound, and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, LLP and Seyfarth Shaw, LLP are serving as legal counsel.

About Astound (RCN, Grande Communications, Wave and enTouch)

RCN Telecom Services, LLC (, Grande Communications (, Wave ( and enTouch Systems ( form the sixth largest US cable operator and provide award-winning high-speed internet, broadband communications solutions, digital TV, phone services and fiber optic solutions for residential and business customers across the United States. Together, RCN, Grande, Wave and enTouch serve areas of Chicago, Eastern Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York City, and Washington, DC. (RCN); Texas (Grande Communications and enTouch Systems) and Northern California, Oregon and Washington (Wave).

About Stonepeak

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners ( is an infrastructure-focused private equity firm headquartered in New York with $25.2 billion of assets under management (as of June 30, 2020). Stonepeak invests in long-lived, hard-asset businesses and projects that provide essential services to customers, and seeks to actively partner with high-quality management teams, facilitate operational improvements, and provide capital for growth initiatives.

About TPG

TPG is a leading global alternative asset firm founded in 1992 with approximately $83 billion of assets under management and offices in Austin, Beijing, Fort Worth, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Singapore, and Washington, DC. TPG's investment platforms are across a wide range of asset classes, including private equity, growth equity, real estate, impact investing, and public equity. TPG aims to build dynamic products and options for its investors while also instituting discipline and operational excellence across the investment strategy and performance of its portfolio. For more information, visit on Twitter @TPG.


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