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  • Federal Communications Commission announces Winning Bidders in C-Band Action

    Federal Communications Commission announces Winning Bidders in C-Band Action

    Federal Communications Commission announces Winning Bidders in C-Band Action | site |




    FCC says "Auction of 3.7 GHz Service Licenses Yields Over $81 Billion in Gross Bids and Provides Much-Needed Mid-Band Spectrum for 5G Services"


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: February 24, 2021) Washington, February 24, 2021 - - The Federal Communications Commission today announced the winning bidders and the final bid totals in Auction 107—commonly referred to as the C-band auction. As detailed in today’s Public Notice, Auction 107 net winning bids totaled $81,114,481,921 and gross winning bids totaled $81,168,677,645. Twenty-one bidders won all of the available 5,684 licenses. “It is essential to America’s economic recovery that we deliver on the promise of next-generation wireless services for everyone, everywhere,” said FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “This au...
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  • Federal Election Commission says District Court issues opinion in FEC v. Rivera

    Federal Election Commission says District Court issues Opinion in FEC v. Rivera | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Election Commission [FEC] press release dated: February 23, 2021)

    Washington - - The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida issued an Order in FEC v. Rivera (Case No. 17-22643) on Tuesday, granting the Commission’s Motion for Summary Judgment.

    In 2017, the Commission brought suit against David Rivera, a former member of Congress from Florida’s 25th Congressional District, alleging that he had knowingly and willfully made contributions in the name of another in connection with the 2012 primary election campaign of another candidate in the state’s 26th Congressional District. The Commission sought a civil penalty of $456,000, which the district court granted.
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  • New Federal Trade Commission Data Show Massive Increase in Romance Scams, 304M Dollars in Losses

    New Federal Trade Commission Data Show Massive Increase in Romance Scams, $304M in Losses | site |



    Data spotlight shows reported losses up 50 percent from 2019


    (Information contained in Federal Trade Commission [FTC] press release dated: February 10, 2021)

    More consumers than ever report falling prey to romance scammers, according to new Federal Trade Commission data that show consumers reported losing a record $304 million to the scams last year. A newly released data spotlight shows that the amount consumers reported losing to romance scammers is up about 50 percent since 2019, and has increased more than fourfold since 2016. Scammers draw people in using pictures stolen from around the internet, building false personas that seem just real enough to be true, but always having a reason never to meet in person. Eventually, the supposed suitor will ask for money from the unwitting consumer. The impact can be major, with the
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  • Federal Election Commission announces 2021-2022 Campaign Cycle Contribution Limits

    Federal Election Commission announces 2021-2022 Campaign Cycle Contribution Limits | site |




    (Information contained in Federal Election Commission [FEC] press release dated: February 2, 2021)

    Washington - - The Federal Election Commission announced updated contribution limits that have been indexed for inflation and are effective for federal elections in 2021-22. The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA) included provisions that indexed some contribution limits for inflation. The limit on individuals’ contributions to candidates, for example, was set at $2,000 per election in BCRA; it is adjusted at the start of each new election cycle. Adjustments are announced after the Department of Labor determines the inflation rate for the previous election year. During the current two-year election cycle the limit for contributions by individuals to federal candidates for President, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of R...
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  • FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for February Open Meeting

    FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for February Open Meeting

    Federal Communications Commission Announces Tentative Agenda for February Open Meeting | site |


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: January 27, 2021)


    Washington, January 27, 2021 - - Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced that the items below are tentatively on the agenda for the February Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 17, 2021:

    Presentation on the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program – The Commission will hear a presentation on the creation of an Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. Congress charged the FCC with developing a new $3.2 billion program to help Americans who are struggling to pay for internet service during the pandemic.

    Presentation on COVID-19 Telehealth Program – The Commission will hear a presentation about the next steps for the agency’s COVID-19 Telehealth program. Congress
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  • Federal Election Commission holds Audit Hearing, Approves Audit Division Recommendation Memorandum

    Federal Election Commission holds Audit Hearing, Approves Audit Division Recommendation Memorandum | site |


    (Information contained in Federal Election Commission [FEC] press release dated: January 28, 2021)

    Washington - - The Federal Election Commission today held an audit hearing and an open meeting, where it approved an Audit Division recommendation memorandum. The Commission had previously approved by tally vote an advisory opinion that was on the open meeting agenda.

    Draft Final Audit Report on the Grassroots Victory PAC. The Commission held a hearing to discuss the Draft Final Audit Report of the Audit Division on the Grassroots Victory PAC, covering campaign finance activity between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018. The draft report contains a finding of Misstatement of Financial Activity – Increased Activity.

    Audit Division Recommendation Memorandum on the Mississippi Republican Party. At its open
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  • Remarks Of Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel Federal Communications Commission

    Remarks Of Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel Federal Communications Commission | site |





    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] speech release dated: January 25, 2021)




    Remarks of
    Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel
    Federal Communications Commission


    January 25, 2021


    January 25, 2021 - - Good afternoon. It is an absolute honor to address you today as Acting Chairwoman. As you may know, last week President Biden designated me to take the reins of the Federal Communications Commission. I thank the President for the opportunity to lead this great agency at a time when its work is more important than ever before. The FCC staff is not just uncommonly talented and knowledgeable about communications law and policy, it’s also an exceptional group of public servants. I think public service is a special calling. I also like to think it...
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  • Federal Trade Commission Brings First-Ever Cases Under the BOTS Act

    Federal Trade Commission Brings First-Ever Cases Under the BOTS Act

    Federal Trade Commission Brings First-Ever Cases Under the BOTS Act | site |



    FTC says ticket brokers will face partially suspended judgment of more than $31 million in civil penalties


    (Information extracted from Federal Trade Commission [FTC] press release dated: January 22, 2021) The Federal Trade Commission is taking legal action against three ticket brokers based in New York who allegedly used automated software to illegally buy up tens of thousands of tickets for popular concerts and sporting events, then subsequently made millions of dollars reselling the tickets to fans at higher prices. The three ticket brokers will be subject to a judgment of more than $31 million in civil penalties for violating the Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act, under a proposed settlement reached with the FTC. Due to their inability to pay, the judgment will be partially suspended, requiring them to pay $3.7 million. This is the first case br...
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  • Allison Herren Lee Named Acting Chair of the SEC

    Allison Herren Lee Named Acting Chair of the SEC

    Allison Herren Lee Named Acting Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release dated: January 21, 2021)

    Washington D.C., Jan. 21, 2021 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission announced today that President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. has designated Allison Herren Lee as Acting Chair of the agency. “It’s an honor to continue my service on the Commission in this new role,” Acting Chair Lee said. “I have tremendous respect for my colleagues on the Commission and the exceptional staff across the agency, and look forward to working closely with them. Together we will continue the agency’s work of protecting investors and ensuring market integrity.” “During my time as Commissioner, I have focused on climate and sustainability, and those issues will continue to be a priority for me,” Lee added. Acting Chair Lee was sworn in as Commissio...
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  • Jessica Rosenworcel Designated the Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission by President Biden

    Jessica Rosenworcel Designated the Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission by President Biden | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: January 21, 2021)

    Washington, January 21, 2021 - - Today, President Joseph R. Biden designated FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel as Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission.


    Statement of Jessica Rosenworcel on being Designated the Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission by President Biden:

    “I am honored to be designated as the Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission by President Biden. I thank the President for the opportunity to lead an agency with such a vital mission and talented staff. It is a privilege to serve the American people and work on their behalf to expand the reach of communications opportunity in the digital age.”
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  • FTC Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter Designated Acting Chair of the Agency

    FTC Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter Designated Acting Chair of the Agency

    Federal Trade Commission Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter Designated Acting Chair of the Agency | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Trade Commission [FTC] press release dated: January 21, 2021) President Joseph R. Biden designated Rebecca Kelly Slaughter as Acting Chair of the Federal Trade Commission. Slaughter has served as a Commissioner since May 2018. “I am deeply honored and grateful to lead an agency that is critical to helping the U.S. economy get back on its feet and function more fairly for all Americans,” Slaughter said. “I want to express my sincere appreciation for the excellent leadership of Chairman Simons during a time of unprecedented challenges.” As a Commissioner, Slaughter has been an advocate for greater resources for the FTC and promoted equity and inclusion efforts. She has championed aggressive use of the FTC’s authorities. She has also been particularly outspoken about combatting systemic racism, g...
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  • Federal Trade Commission Publishes Annual Performance Report

    Federal Trade Commission Publishes Annual Performance Report

    Federal Trade Commission Publishes Annual Performance Report | site |


    (Information contained in Federal Trade Commission [FTC] press release dated: January 19, 2021)

    The Federal Trade Commission published its Fiscal Year 2020 Performance Report as required under the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010. The report documents the progress made by the Commission in achieving the mission and performance goals established in the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Performance Plan. Also, as required by the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act during a transition in administration, the Commission will submit its Fiscal 2021-2022 Performance Plan along with its Fiscal Year 2022 budget request in support of the President’s FY 2022 budget for the federal government later this year.

    The Commission vote to submit the Performance Report to Congress was 5-0.
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  • Chairman Pai Statement upon departing the FCC

    Chairman Pai Statement upon departing the FCC

    Chairman Pai Statement upon departing the Federal Communications Commission | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] statement release dated: January 20, 2021) Washington, January 20, 2021 - - Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today concluded his four years as Chairman, eight years as a Commissioner, and twelve years as an employee of the agency. Chairman Pai issued the following statement as he prepared to formally submit his resignation: “Serving the American people as Chairman of the FCC has been the greatest honor of my professional life. Over the past four years, we have delivered results for the American people, from narrowing the digital divide to advancing American leadership in 5G, from protecting consumers and national security to keeping Americans connected during the pandemic, from modernizing our media rules to making the agency more transparent and nimble. It has been a privilege to...
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  • Federal Trade Commission Chairman Simons Announces his Resignation

    Federal Trade Commission Chairman Simons Announces his Resignation

    Federal Trade Commission Chairman Simons Announces his Resignation | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Trade Commission [FTC] press release dated: January 19, 2021) Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph J. Simons announced his resignation from the Commission today, effective January 29, 2021. “It’s been a great honor to lead this incredible organization filled with so many talented people working on behalf of American consumers,” Simons said. “As technology and our economy continue to evolve through the digital age, the FTC’s staff work tirelessly so that consumers continue to benefit from a fair and competitive marketplace. It’s been a privilege to be part of that effort.” Simons was sworn in as Chairman of the FTC on May 1, 2018, having previously served as Director of the agency’s Bureau of Competition between 2001 and 2003 and in other senior positions in the Bureau during the 1980s. As Chairman, he has focused on vigo...
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  • Securities and Exchange Commission announces Fee Rate Advisory 2 for Fiscal Year 2021

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announces Fee Rate Advisory #2 for Fiscal Year 2021 | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release dated: January 15, 2021) Washington D.C., Jan. 15, 2021 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that starting on February 25, 2021, the fee rates applicable to most securities transactions will be set at $5.10 per million dollars. Consequently, each SRO will continue to pay the Commission a rate of $22.10 per million for covered sales occurring on charge dates through February 24, 2021, and a rate of $5.10 per million for covered sales occurring on charge dates on or after February 25, 2021. The reduction in the fee rate for fiscal year 2021 is due primarily to the substantially higher dollar amount of covered sales in recent months, a trend that began in March of 2020 due to record market volume during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has re...
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    Federal Communications Commission announces Winning Bidders in C-Band Action
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    Federal Communications Commission announces Winning Bidders in C-Band Action | site |




    FCC says "Auction of 3.7 GHz Service Licenses Yields Over $81 Billion in Gross Bids and Provides Much-Needed Mid-Band Spectrum for 5G Services"


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: February 24, 2021) Washington, February 24, 2021 - - The Federal Communications Commission today announced the winning bidders and the final bid totals in Auction 107—commonly referred to as the C-band auction. As detailed in today’s Public Notice, Auction 107 net winning bids totaled $81,114,481,921 and gross winning bids totaled $81,168,677,645. Twenty-one bidders won all of the available 5,684 licenses. “It is essential to America’s economic recovery that we deliver on the promise of next-generation wireless services for everyone, everywhere,” said FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “This au...
    02-25-2021, 12:30 PM
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    Federal Election Commission says District Court issues opinion in FEC v. Rivera
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    Federal Election Commission says District Court issues Opinion in FEC v. Rivera | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Election Commission [FEC] press release dated: February 23, 2021)

    Washington - - The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida issued an Order in FEC v. Rivera (Case No. 17-22643) on Tuesday, granting the Commission’s Motion for Summary Judgment.

    In 2017, the Commission brought suit against David Rivera, a former member of Congress from Florida’s 25th Congressional District, alleging that he had knowingly and willfully made contributions in the name of another in connection with the 2012 primary election campaign of another candidate in the state’s 26th Congressional District. The Commission sought a civil penalty of $456,000, which the district court granted.
    ...
    02-25-2021, 09:40 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    New Federal Trade Commission Data Show Massive Increase in Romance Scams, 304M Dollars in Losses
    by Staff Reporter 1
    New Federal Trade Commission Data Show Massive Increase in Romance Scams, $304M in Losses | site |



    Data spotlight shows reported losses up 50 percent from 2019


    (Information contained in Federal Trade Commission [FTC] press release dated: February 10, 2021)

    More consumers than ever report falling prey to romance scammers, according to new Federal Trade Commission data that show consumers reported losing a record $304 million to the scams last year. A newly released data spotlight shows that the amount consumers reported losing to romance scammers is up about 50 percent since 2019, and has increased more than fourfold since 2016. Scammers draw people in using pictures stolen from around the internet, building false personas that seem just real enough to be true, but always having a reason never to meet in person. Eventually, the supposed suitor will ask for money from the unwitting consumer. The impact can be major, with the
    ...
    02-10-2021, 09:32 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Election Commission announces 2021-2022 Campaign Cycle Contribution Limits
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Election Commission announces 2021-2022 Campaign Cycle Contribution Limits | site |




    (Information contained in Federal Election Commission [FEC] press release dated: February 2, 2021)

    Washington - - The Federal Election Commission announced updated contribution limits that have been indexed for inflation and are effective for federal elections in 2021-22. The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA) included provisions that indexed some contribution limits for inflation. The limit on individuals’ contributions to candidates, for example, was set at $2,000 per election in BCRA; it is adjusted at the start of each new election cycle. Adjustments are announced after the Department of Labor determines the inflation rate for the previous election year. During the current two-year election cycle the limit for contributions by individuals to federal candidates for President, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of R...
    02-03-2021, 10:03 PM
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    FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for February Open Meeting
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    Federal Communications Commission Announces Tentative Agenda for February Open Meeting | site |


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: January 27, 2021)


    Washington, January 27, 2021 - - Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced that the items below are tentatively on the agenda for the February Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 17, 2021:

    Presentation on the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program – The Commission will hear a presentation on the creation of an Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. Congress charged the FCC with developing a new $3.2 billion program to help Americans who are struggling to pay for internet service during the pandemic.

    Presentation on COVID-19 Telehealth Program – The Commission will hear a presentation about the next steps for the agency’s COVID-19 Telehealth program. Congress
    ...
    02-01-2021, 08:36 PM

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