Welcome to the Tech & Telecom Weekly, an e-newsletter keeping you apprised of the latest developments in the telecommunications and high-tech industries.
The FCC has alerted consumers to a fake website called “WiFi Freedom USA” that pretends to administer the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB). Upon learning of the website, the FCC ensured that the site was disabled and contacted law enforcement authorities. Consumers are reminded that the official EBB website is www.GetEmergencyBroadband.org. For more information, please contact Stephanie Joyce.
For more information about compliance issues, please contact Katherine Barker Marshall.
The FTC has increased the fees for accessing the National Do Not Call Registry effective October 1, 2021. The new fees are $69 per area code, with a maximum fee of $19,017. All telemarketers are required to retrieve and download the Registry regularly in order to ensure compliance with the Telemarketing Sales Rule. These fee increases are authorized by the Do-Not-Call Registry Fee Extension Act of 2007. For more information, please contact Stephanie Joyce.
The FCC has awarded $41,980,345 in funding to 62 health care providers in Round 2 of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Telehealth Program. The Program was established in the CARES Act that Congress enacted in March 2020. The funding recipients serve all 50 U.S. States, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories. Monies will be distributed in two phases. For more information, please contact Stephanie Joyce.
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