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  • SEC Issues Statement on European Central Counterparties Seeking to Register or Request Exemptions From the SEC

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Issues Statement on European Central Counterparties Seeking to Register or Request Exemptions From the SEC | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release: November 23, 2020) Washington D.C., Nov. 23, 2020 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today issued a Policy Statement and Guidance focused on central counterparties (CCPs) authorized under the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) that may seek to access and operate in the U.S. securities markets. The Statement provides transparency into the Commission’s processes and highlights efficient ways that CCPs based in the European Union (EU) can register as a clearing agency or request exemptions from certain requirements under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The SEC has a longstanding and collaborative relationship with its European counterparts with respect to supervision and enforcement of regulate...
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  • Federal Communications Commission Proposes Satellite Downlinks in the 17 GHz Band

    Federal Communications Commission Proposes Satellite Downlinks in the 17 GHz Band | site |



    FCC says "Reform Would Make More Efficient Use of Spectrum While Supporting Deployment of Advanced Satellite-Based Broadband Services"


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release: November 18, 2020) WASHINGTON, November 18, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to make 17 GHz band spectrum available for geostationary orbit fixed-satellite downlink operations. With advanced, high-throughput satellite systems’ reliance on downlink (transmissions in the space-to-Earth direction) capacity for delivering satellite-based services like broadband, the Commission is initiating this rulemaking to empower next-generation satellites to help bridge the digital divide. Today’s action seeks comment on proposed changes to the U.S. Table of Frequency Allocations a...
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  • SEC Awards Over 1.1 Million Dollars to Whistleblower for Independent Analysis

    SEC Awards Over 1.1 Million Dollars to Whistleblower for Independent Analysis

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Awards Over $1.1 Million to Whistleblower for Independent Analysis | site |


    (November 13, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the following information: Washington D.C., Nov. 13, 2020 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an award of over $1.1 million to a whistleblower whose independent analysis led the staff to look at new conduct during an ongoing investigation. The whistleblower’s information and exemplary assistance helped the agency bring an emergency action preventing further investor harm. This whistleblower examined publicly available materials and conducted an analysis that revealed important new insights into the securities law violations, which helped the SEC protect investor assets from dissipation by the wrongdoer. “Today’s award reflects the Commission’s commitment to award whistleblowers who provide high-quality independent analysis,” said Jane ...
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  • FCC says 2019 Broadband Deployment Data show Digital Divide is Closing

    FCC says 2019 Broadband Deployment Data show Digital Divide is Closing

    Federal Communications Commission says 2019 Broadband Deployment Data show Digital Divide is Closing | site |


    Gains for Rural Americans Across the Country


    (November 12, 2020) - - On November 12, 2020 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the following information: WASHINGTON, November 12, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Economics and Analytics today released data showing that the digital divide is closing. At the end of 2019, the number of Americans living in areas without access to terrestrial fixed broadband with speeds of at least 25/3 Mbps—the Commission’s benchmark for high-speed broadband—fell to 14.5 million, a 46% decrease from the end of 2016. Services at higher speeds saw even more significant deployment, with the number of Americans living in areas without broadband speeds of at least 250/25 Mbps falling by 77% since the end of 2016. During that three-year period, the number of rural Am...
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  • Federal Trade Commission Releases Agenda for Franchise Rule Virtual Workshop

    Federal Trade Commission Releases Agenda for Franchise Rule Virtual Workshop

    Federal Trade Commission Releases Agenda for Franchise Rule Virtual Workshop| site |



    (November 3, 2020) - - Today, November 3, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published the following information:

    The Federal Trade Commission has released the agenda for the Franchise Rule virtual workshop on November 10.

    The event will explore a number of issues related to the Franchise Rule, and the comments received in response to the FTC’s request for comment about the Rule last year. The Rule is designed to ensure that consumers who are considering buying a franchise have key information they need to weigh the risks and benefits of that potential investment. Andrew Smith, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, will give introductory remarks to kick off the event and will be followed by Congressman Kevin Hern of Oklahoma, who will give an opening address. The three panel discussion will focus on representations that franch
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  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Awards Over 10 Million Dollars to Whistleblower

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Awards Over $10 Million to Whistleblower | site |



    (October 29, 2020) - - Today, October 29, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the following information: Washington D.C., Oct. 29, 2020 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an award of over $10 million to a whistleblower whose information prompted the opening of an investigation and provided substantial, ongoing assistance to SEC staff throughout the investigation. In more than a dozen communications with the staff, the whistleblower provided key evidence, helped decipher communications, and distilled complex issues. "After reporting internally and receiving no satisfactory response, the whistleblower alerted the agency to the securities violation and played a critical role during the investigation," said Jane Norberg, Chief of the SEC's Office of the Whistleblower. "Today's award demonstrates the significant contrib...
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  • FCC Reaffirms Successful Light-touch Regulatory Framework for Broadband Services

    Federal Communications Commission Reaffirms Successful Light-touch Regulatory Framework for Broadband Services | site |



    After Court Upheld Vast Majority of Restoring Internet Freedom Order, FCC Reviews Three Remanded Issues and Finds No Basis to Change Its Approach


    (October 27, 2020) - - Today, October 27, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, October 27, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission today adopted an Order on Remand in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s remand of three discrete issues for further consideration by the FCC regarding its 2017 Restoring Internet Freedom Order. The court’s October 2019 ruling in Mozilla Corp. v. FCC affirmed the FCC’s decision to end its brief foray into heavy-handed utility-style regulation of the Internet under rules designed in the 1930s for the Ma Bell telephone monopoly and to restore the light-touch...
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  • Federal Election Commission says District Court issues opinion in McCutcheon, et al. v. FEC

    Federal Election Commission says District Court issues opinion in McCutcheon, et al. v. FEC | site |


    (October 20, 2020) - - Today, October 20, 2020, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order in McCutcheon, et al. v. FEC (Case No. 20-2485) on Monday, denying Plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction.
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  • FTC Issues Annual Report to Congress on Protecting Older Adults

    FTC Issues Annual Report to Congress on Protecting Older Adults

    Federal Trade Commission Issues Annual Report to Congress on Protecting Older Adults| site |



    (October 19, 2020) - - Today, October 19, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published the following information:

    The Federal Trade Commission’s annual report to Congress on protecting older adults, issued today, provides a detailed look at the scams that most often affect adults over 60, as well as the FTC’s research, law enforcement, and education efforts aimed at protecting older consumers—a top priority for the agency.

    As part of the FTC’s efforts to understand how fraud is affecting older adults, the report, Protecting Older Consumers 2019-2020: A Report of the Federal Trade Commission, includes analysis of FTC consumer complaint data. In 2019, as in prior years, older adults (aged 60 and older) were less likely than younger adults (aged 20 to 59) to report losing money to fraud, but reported much higher individual dollar losses. In
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  • SEC Updates Auditor Independence Rules

    SEC Updates Auditor Independence Rules

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Updates Auditor Independence Rules | site |



    Amendments Reflect Staff Experience Applying the Auditor Independence Framework



    (October 16, 2020) - - Today, October 16, 2020 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the following information:

    Washington D.C., Oct. 16, 2020 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that it adopted final amendments to certain auditor independence requirements in Rule 2-01 of Regulation S-X. Informed by decades of staff experience applying the auditor independence framework, the final amendments modernize the rules and more effectively focus the analysis on relationships and services that may pose threats to an auditor’s objectivity and impartiality.

    The final amendments reflect updates based on recurring fact patterns that the Commission staff has observed over years of consultations in which certain relationships
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  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says a COVID-19 Halloween Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Urges Families to Follow CDC Halloween Advice for Safe Celebrating; a COVID-19 Halloween Doesn’t Have to Be Scary | site |



    (October 6, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging families to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advice for Halloween this year. Among the key guidance: A Halloween mask is not an appropriate substitute for a protective cloth mask. CPSC joins with CDC in recommending that consumers wear a protective cloth mask of at least two layers of breathable fabric—not a costume mask. Protective masks should never be worn under a costume mask because it can become hard to breathe. If children or adults wear costumes this Halloween, be aware that costume fabrics and loose, billowy clothing (such as capes or gowns) can easily catch fire.
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  • Federal Election Commission publishes Statistical Summary of 18-Month Campaign Activity of the 2019-2020 Election Cycle

    Federal Election Commission publishes Statistical Summary of 18-Month Campaign Activity of the 2019-2020 Election Cycle | site |


    Presidential candidates raised nearly $2.8 billion

    Congressional candidates collected approximately $1.9 billion



    (September 18, 2020) - - Today, September 18, 2020, the (United States) Federal Election Commission (FEC) published the following information: Presidential candidates raised nearly $2.8 billion and spent over $2.5 billion in the first 18 months of the 2019-2020 election cycle, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission that cover activity from January 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Congressional candidates collected approximately $1.9 billion and disbursed approximately $1.2 billion, political parties received $1.4 billion and spent nearly $1.1 billion, and political action committees (PACs) raised over $5.2 billion and spent over $4.4 billion in the 18-mont...
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  • U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Subminimum Wages Report

    U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Subminimum Wages Report

    U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Releases Report: Subminimum Wages: Impacts on the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities| site |



    (September 17, 2020) - - The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights published today (September 17, 2020) the following information:

    WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released Subminimum Wages: Impacts on the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities. The report examines an exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act—the section 14(c) waiver program—which permits employers to pay less than the minimum wage to individuals with disabilities, and the federal enforcement of the civil rights of individuals in the program. The Commission found persistent failures in regulation and oversight by the Department of Labor and Department of Justice of the 14(c) program that have allowed, and continue to allow, it to operate without satisfying its legislative goal to meet the needs of people with disabilities. The
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  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Charges Ponzi Scheme Targeting African Immigrants

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Charges Ponzi Scheme Targeting African Immigrants | site |




    (August 28, 2020) - - Today, August 28, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the following information:

    Washington D.C., Aug. 28, 2020 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged two Maryland companies and their principals for a scheme that allegedly defrauded approximately 1,200 investors, many of them African immigrants, of more than $27 million.

    According to the SEC’s complaint, Dennis Jali, John Frimpong, and Arley Johnson, directly and through their companies 1st Million LLC and The Smart Partners LLC, falsely told investors that their funds would be used by a team of skilled and licensed traders for foreign exchange and cryptocurrency trading, promising risk-free returns of between 6% and 42%. The complaint alleges that the defendants often targeted vulnerable African immigrants
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  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Issues Agenda for May 27 Meeting of the Asset Management Advisory Committee

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Issues Agenda for May 27 Meeting of the Asset Management Advisory Committee | site |



    (May 21, 2020) - - Today (May 21, 2020), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the following information: Washington D.C., May 21, 2020 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today released the agenda for the May 27 meeting of the Asset Management Advisory Committee (AMAC). AMAC was formed to provide the Commission with diverse perspectives on asset management and related advice and recommendations. The meeting will include a discussion of matters relating to AMAC’s subcommittees and to COVID-19 and the asset management industry. The meeting will be held by remote means and is open to the public. The meeting will be webcast live on SEC.gov and will be archived on the website for later viewing. Members of the public who wish to provide their views on the matters to be considered by AMAC may submit comments either
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    SEC Issues Statement on European Central Counterparties Seeking to Register or Request Exemptions From the SEC
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    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Issues Statement on European Central Counterparties Seeking to Register or Request Exemptions From the SEC | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release: November 23, 2020) Washington D.C., Nov. 23, 2020 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today issued a Policy Statement and Guidance focused on central counterparties (CCPs) authorized under the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) that may seek to access and operate in the U.S. securities markets. The Statement provides transparency into the Commission’s processes and highlights efficient ways that CCPs based in the European Union (EU) can register as a clearing agency or request exemptions from certain requirements under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The SEC has a longstanding and collaborative relationship with its European counterparts with respect to supervision and enforcement of regulate...
    11-25-2020, 06:37 AM
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    Federal Communications Commission Proposes Satellite Downlinks in the 17 GHz Band
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    Federal Communications Commission Proposes Satellite Downlinks in the 17 GHz Band | site |



    FCC says "Reform Would Make More Efficient Use of Spectrum While Supporting Deployment of Advanced Satellite-Based Broadband Services"


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release: November 18, 2020) WASHINGTON, November 18, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to make 17 GHz band spectrum available for geostationary orbit fixed-satellite downlink operations. With advanced, high-throughput satellite systems’ reliance on downlink (transmissions in the space-to-Earth direction) capacity for delivering satellite-based services like broadband, the Commission is initiating this rulemaking to empower next-generation satellites to help bridge the digital divide. Today’s action seeks comment on proposed changes to the U.S. Table of Frequency Allocations a...
    11-19-2020, 02:01 PM
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    SEC Awards Over 1.1 Million Dollars to Whistleblower for Independent Analysis
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    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Awards Over $1.1 Million to Whistleblower for Independent Analysis | site |


    (November 13, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the following information: Washington D.C., Nov. 13, 2020 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an award of over $1.1 million to a whistleblower whose independent analysis led the staff to look at new conduct during an ongoing investigation. The whistleblower’s information and exemplary assistance helped the agency bring an emergency action preventing further investor harm. This whistleblower examined publicly available materials and conducted an analysis that revealed important new insights into the securities law violations, which helped the SEC protect investor assets from dissipation by the wrongdoer. “Today’s award reflects the Commission’s commitment to award whistleblowers who provide high-quality independent analysis,” said Jane ...
    11-13-2020, 11:45 PM
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    FCC says 2019 Broadband Deployment Data show Digital Divide is Closing
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Communications Commission says 2019 Broadband Deployment Data show Digital Divide is Closing | site |


    Gains for Rural Americans Across the Country


    (November 12, 2020) - - On November 12, 2020 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the following information: WASHINGTON, November 12, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Economics and Analytics today released data showing that the digital divide is closing. At the end of 2019, the number of Americans living in areas without access to terrestrial fixed broadband with speeds of at least 25/3 Mbps—the Commission’s benchmark for high-speed broadband—fell to 14.5 million, a 46% decrease from the end of 2016. Services at higher speeds saw even more significant deployment, with the number of Americans living in areas without broadband speeds of at least 250/25 Mbps falling by 77% since the end of 2016. During that three-year period, the number of rural Am...
    11-13-2020, 10:07 PM
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    Federal Trade Commission Releases Agenda for Franchise Rule Virtual Workshop
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    Federal Trade Commission Releases Agenda for Franchise Rule Virtual Workshop| site |



    (November 3, 2020) - - Today, November 3, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published the following information:

    The Federal Trade Commission has released the agenda for the Franchise Rule virtual workshop on November 10.

    The event will explore a number of issues related to the Franchise Rule, and the comments received in response to the FTC’s request for comment about the Rule last year. The Rule is designed to ensure that consumers who are considering buying a franchise have key information they need to weigh the risks and benefits of that potential investment. Andrew Smith, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, will give introductory remarks to kick off the event and will be followed by Congressman Kevin Hern of Oklahoma, who will give an opening address. The three panel discussion will focus on representations that franch
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    11-05-2020, 09:14 PM

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