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The Telecom Digest for Sun, 13 Mar 2022
Volume 41 : Issue 41 : "text" format

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Find free or low-cost laptops and computers
Broadband Data Collection
Stop Unwanted Robocalls and Texts

Message-ID: <20220312184844.1B7D7815@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2022 18:48:44 +0000 (UTC) From: Bill Horne <malQRMassimilation@gmail.com> Subject: Find free or low-cost laptops and computers Blog post by Spencer Duncan Experts say that "insufficient access to large-screen devices - desktops, laptops, or tablets - can have negative consequences for people of all ages." Research shows that 19% of Philadelphia households still do not have any working computer, which is critical to fully participate in today's society. This post lays out resources for residents to get free or low-cost devices. Need a computer? https://www.phila.gov/2022-03-07-find-free-or-low-cost-laptops-and-computers/ -- (Please remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)
Message-ID: <20220312190557.4C9D0815@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2022 19:05:57 +0000 (UTC) From: Sean Murphy <murphy.s@remove-this.telecomdigest.net> Subject: Broadband Data Collection The need for accurate data pinpointing where broadband service is available, and where it is not available, has never been greater. Service providers and governments use broadband maps to make decisions about where service is needed and how to fund the expansion of broadband services. The FCC is in the process of updating its current broadband maps with more detailed and precise information on the availability of fixed and mobile broadband services. The Broadband Data Collection (BDC) program will give the FCC, industry, state, local and Tribal government entities, and consumers the tools they need to improve the accuracy of existing maps. https://www.fcc.gov/BroadbandData
Message-ID: <20220312185856.45B33815@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2022 18:58:56 +0000 (UTC) From: Sean Murphy <murphy.s@remove-this.telecomdigest.net> Subject: Stop Unwanted Robocalls and Texts Unwanted calls - including illegal and spoofed robocalls - are the FCC's top consumer complaint and our top consumer protection priority. These include complaints from consumers whose numbers are being spoofed or whose calls are being mistakenly blocked or labeled as a possible scam call by a robocall blocking app or service. The FCC is committed to doing what we can to protect you from these unwelcome situations and is cracking down on illegal calls in a variety of ways:
  1. Issuing hundreds of millions of dollars in enforcement actions against illegal robocallers.
  2. Empowering phone companies to block by default illegal or unwanted calls based on reasonable call analytics before the calls reach consumers.
  3. Allowing consumer options on tools to block calls from any number that doesn't appear on a customer's contact list or other "white list."
  4. Requiring phone companies to implement caller ID authentication to help reduce illegal spoofing.
  5. Making consumer complaint data available to enable better call blocking and labeling solutions.
Check out the consumer guide on Call Blocking Tools and Resources, which includes information on many of the call blocking and labeling tools currently available to consumers. Learn more about FCC Initiatives to Combat Robocalls and Spoofing and download the FCC Report on Robocalls. File a complaint with the FCC if you believe you have received an illegal call or text, or if you think you're the victim of a spoofing scam. Click the tabs below for tips, FAQs and resources. https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/stop-unwanted-robocalls-and-texts

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