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  • Federal Communications Commission offers Guidance on Connected Care Pilot Program; Announces 36 newly approved Projects

    Federal Communications Commission offers Guidance on Connected Care Pilot Program; Announces 36 newly approved Projects | site |




    $100 Million Program Will Support Connected Care Service Across Country, Focus on Low-Income and Veteran Patients


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: June 17, 2021) Washington, June 17, 2021 - - Today the Federal Communications Commission approved a Report and Order offering further guidance on the administration of its $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program, including guidance on eligible services, competitive bidding, invoicing, and data reporting for selected participants, which will enable applicants selected for the Pilot Program to begin their projects. Additionally, the FCC this week voted to approve 36 additional pilot projects for a total of over $31 million in funding. The newly selected Pilot projects join an initial set of 23 p...
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  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Report Shows Child Drownings Remain High; Most Fatalities to Children Under Five

    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Report Shows Child Drownings Remain High; Most Fatalities to Children Under Five | site |




    Fewer Kids Took Swim Lessons During COVID-19 Pandemic Putting Them at Risk


    (Information contained in U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission press release dated: June 8, 2021)

    Washington - - The annual drowning and submersion report released today by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reminds families to make water safety a priority, particularly as they return to community pools and resume warm-weather activities near water. Child drownings remain the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages one to four years old.

    CPSC’s latest data show:
    • an increase in pool-or spa-related fatal drowning incidents among children younger than 15 years old;
    • on average, there were 397 reported pool-or-spa-related fatal drownings per
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  • The Federal Communications Commission further strengthens Emergency Alerting

    The Federal Communications Commission further strengthens Emergency Alerting

    The Federal Communications Commission further strengthens Emergency Alerting | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: June 17, 2021) Washington, June 17, 2021 - - The Federal Communications Commission today adopted rules to improve the way the public receives emergency alerts on their mobile phones, televisions, and radios. The nation’s Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts help keep the public safe and informed and are of ever-increasing importance given the emergencies and disasters Americans have faced in recent years. In 2018, however, a false emergency alert in Hawaii mistakenly warned of an incoming ballistic missile and highlighted the need to improve these systems. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 subsequently directed the Commission, in consultation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to adopt rules to strengthen emergency...
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  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Charges Issuer With Cybersecurity Disclosure Controls Failures

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Charges Issuer With Cybersecurity Disclosure Controls Failures | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release dated: June 15, 2021) Washington D.C., June 15, 2021 — - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced settled charges against real estate settlement services company First American Financial Corporation for disclosure controls and procedures violations related to a cybersecurity vulnerability that exposed sensitive customer information. According to the SEC’s order, on the morning of May 24, 2019, a cybersecurity journalist notified First American of a vulnerability with its application for sharing document images that exposed over 800 million images dating back to 2003, including images containing sensitive personal data such as social security numbers and financial information. In response, according to the order, First Ame...
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  • CPSC Announces 2 Million Dollars in Pool Safely Grants Available for State and Local Governments to Help Prevent Drownings and Drain Entrapments

    Consumer Product Safety Commission Announces $2 Million in Pool Safely Grants Available for State and Local Governments to Help Prevent Drownings and Drain Entrapments; Apply Now | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission press release dated: May 28, 2021) Washington, D.C. - - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is seeking applications for a Pool Safely Grant Program (PSGP or grant program) offered to state and local governments. CPSC will award up to a total of $2 million in two-year grants to assist jurisdictions in reducing deaths and injuries from drowning and drain entrapment incidents in pools and spas. The PSGP is a part of CPSC's national campaign to make drowning and drain entrapment prevention a critical public safety priority. The grant program is made possible through the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGB Act), legislation authored and advanced by Rep. Debbie Wasserma...
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  • Federal Communications Commission announces 3.45 GHz Band Auction Procedures

    Federal Communications Commission announces 3.45 GHz Band Auction Procedures

    Federal Communications Commission announces 3.45 GHz Band Auction Procedures | site |



    5G Auction of Mid-Band Spectrum Set for October 2021


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: June 9, 2021)

    Washington, June 9, 2021—FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel today announced the latest step in making mid-band spectrum available for next generation wireless services, including 5G. In a Public Notice, the FCC’s Office of Economics and Analytics and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau established the application and bidding procedures for Auction 110, the auction of spectrum in the 3.45 GHz band. Bidding is scheduled to start on October 5, 2021. “This is a critical step toward delivering on the promise of 5G,” said Rosenworcel. “This auction will bring us closer to 5G service that is fast, secure, resilient, and most importantly, available across the country. I want to t
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  • FCC secures Life-saving Commitments from Wireless Carriers to deliver 911 Vertical Location Information Nationwide within seven Days

    Federal Communications Commission secures Life-saving Commitments from Wireless Carriers to deliver 911 Vertical Location Information Nationwide within seven Days | site |




    FCC Reached Enforceable Settlements with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: June 3, 2021) Washington, June 3, 2021 - - FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel today announced breakthrough agreements with America’s three largest mobile phone providers to start delivering vertical location information in connection with 911 calls nationwide in the coming days. This information will help first responders quickly locate 911 callers in multi-story buildings, which will reduce response times and ultimately save lives. The FCC adopted rules to improve location information for 911 wireless calls back in 2015. Those rules required nationwide wireless providers to deploy dispatchable location o...
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  • FTC Sends More Than 172 Million Dollars in Refunds to Consumers allegedly Misled by Rent-To-Own Provider Progressive Leasing

    Federal Trade Commission Sends More Than $172 Million in Refunds to Consumers allegedly Misled by Rent-To-Own Provider Progressive Leasing | site |



    FTC says more than two million consumers will receive refunds from FTC case alleging false promises of “same as cash” payment plans


    (Information contained in Federal Trade Commission [FTC] press release dated: June 7, 2021) The Federal Trade Commission is returning more than $172 million to consumers who overpaid for merchandise they purchased using rent-to-own plans provided by Progressive Leasing. More than two million consumers will receive refund checks. The FTC’s complaint against the company, filed in April 2020, alleged that Progressive misled consumers about the true price of items purchased through its plans. Consumers who visited retailers to buy items such as furniture, jewelry, or cellphones frequently were told that Progressive’s payment plans were “same as cash” or “no int...
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  • FCC says Emergency Broadband Benefit Program enrolls 2.3 Million Households in first 3 Weeks of Program

    Federal Communications Commission says Emergency Broadband Benefit Program enrolls 2.3 Million Households in first 3 Weeks of Program | site |



    Releases EBB public data tracking dashboard


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: June 7, 2021) Washington, June 7, 2021 - - Today FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program enrolled over 2.3 million households into the subsidy program initiated by Congress. Since mid-May, households in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and American Samoa were approved to receive a discount on their monthly internet bills and have selected a participating EBB provider to receive internet service at home. “I am thrilled to see that the great need for affordable broadband support is being met with over 2 million households enrolled in three short weeks. I’ve also said we nee...
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  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Awards More Than 23 Million Dollars to Whistleblowers

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Awards More Than $23 Million to Whistleblowers | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release dated: June 2, 2021) Washington D.C., June 2, 2021 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced awards of approximately $13 million and $10 million to two whistleblowers whose information and assistance led to successful SEC and related actions. The whistleblowers’ substantial assistance, provided to the SEC and another federal agency, included submitting information and documents, participating in interviews, and identifying key individuals who engaged in the misconduct at issue. “The whistleblowers’ information and assistance led to multiple successful enforcement actions related to a complex and fraudulent scheme involving multiple individuals and tens of millions of dollars in ill-gotten gains,” said Emily Pasquinelli, Acting Chief of ...
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  • CPSC says New CDC Report Finds More Adults Are Dying from Bicycle-Related Accidents

    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says new CDC Report Finds More Adults Are Dying from Bicycle-Related Accidents | site |


    CPSC says it highlights the importance of helmets


    (Information contained in U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission [CPSC] press release dated: May 18, 2021) Washington, D.C. - - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is reminding consumers of the importance of wearing helmets for sports and recreation to reduce the risk of head injury, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Helmets absorb much of the impact energy from a fall or collision, and can protect the skull and brain from more severe injury. Bike helmets are required to meet CPSC’s federal safety standard. They must have a label stating that they meet the standard. Consumers can usually find this label on the liner inside of the helmet, on the exterior surface, or attached to the chin strap. Information on bike helmets, and helmets fo...
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  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Charges alleged U.S. Promoters of 2 Billion Dollars Global Crypto Lending Securities Offering

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Charges alleged U.S. Promoters of $2 Billion Global Crypto Lending Securities Offering | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release dated: May 28, 2021)

    Washington D.C., May 28, 2021 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission announced today that it has filed an action against five individuals alleging that they promoted a global unregistered digital asset securities offering that raised over $2 billion from retail investors. According to the SEC's complaint, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, from approximately January 2017 to January 2018, BitConnect used a network of promoters, including U.S.-based Trevon Brown (a.k.a. Trevon James), Craig Grant, Ryan Maasen, and Michael Noble (a.k.a. Michael Crypto) to market and sell securities in its "lending program." The SEC's complaint alleges that these promoters o...
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  • Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Rosenworcel announces Members of 911 Strike Force

    Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Rosenworcel announces Members of 911 Strike Force | site |


    Advisory Committee Will Examine 911 Fee Diversion


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

    Washington, May 21, 2021 - - FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel today announced the appointment of 17 members to the Commission’s newly created 911 Strike Force, which will meet for the first time on June 3, 2021. Acting Chairwoman Rosenworcel announced the creation of the Strike Force on February 17, 2021, and charged the group with studying the problem of 911 fee diversion—that is, the practice by some states and jurisdictions of using the 911 fees consumers pay on their phone bills for non-911 purposes—and reporting to Congress on how the Federal government can end this practice. “America’s 911 system needs an update for the digital age
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  • Federal Communications Commission demands two more Companies immediately stop facilitating allegedly Illegal Robocall Campaigns

    Federal Communications Commission demands two more Companies immediately stop facilitating allegedly Illegal Robocall Campaigns | site |


    These Are the Third Tranche of Enforcement Bureau Cease and Desist Letters


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: May 18, 2021) Washington, May 18, 2021 - - FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel today announced the latest FCC action to combat illegal robocalls and spoofing campaigns that target and defraud consumers. The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau sent cease and desist letters to VaultTel Solutions and Prestige DR VoIP demanding that they immediately cease carrying illegal robocall campaigns on their networks and report to the Commission the concrete steps they implemented to prevent a recurrence of these operations. “We need to use every tool we have to get these junk calls off of our networks,” said Rosenworcel. “From these new cease-and-desist letter...
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  • Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen to Chair Meeting of the Financial Literacy and Education Commission

    Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen to Chair Meeting of the Financial Literacy and Education Commission | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: May 18, 2021)

    Washington - - Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen will chair a meeting of the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC) on May 26, 2021. The meeting will focus on the role of financial education in reducing economic inequity.

    The Commission’s vision is of sustained financial well-being for all individuals and families in the U.S. In furtherance of this vision, the Commission sets strategic direction for policy, education, practice, research, and coordination so that all Americans make informed financial decisions. Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo will moderate a discussion among experts in the field including:
    • John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Operation Hope,
    • Marc
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    Federal Communications Commission offers Guidance on Connected Care Pilot Program; Announces 36 newly approved Projects
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    Federal Communications Commission offers Guidance on Connected Care Pilot Program; Announces 36 newly approved Projects | site |




    $100 Million Program Will Support Connected Care Service Across Country, Focus on Low-Income and Veteran Patients


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: June 17, 2021) Washington, June 17, 2021 - - Today the Federal Communications Commission approved a Report and Order offering further guidance on the administration of its $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program, including guidance on eligible services, competitive bidding, invoicing, and data reporting for selected participants, which will enable applicants selected for the Pilot Program to begin their projects. Additionally, the FCC this week voted to approve 36 additional pilot projects for a total of over $31 million in funding. The newly selected Pilot projects join an initial set of 23 p...
    06-21-2021, 05:57 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Report Shows Child Drownings Remain High; Most Fatalities to Children Under Five
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    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Report Shows Child Drownings Remain High; Most Fatalities to Children Under Five | site |




    Fewer Kids Took Swim Lessons During COVID-19 Pandemic Putting Them at Risk


    (Information contained in U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission press release dated: June 8, 2021)

    Washington - - The annual drowning and submersion report released today by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reminds families to make water safety a priority, particularly as they return to community pools and resume warm-weather activities near water. Child drownings remain the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages one to four years old.

    CPSC’s latest data show:
    • an increase in pool-or spa-related fatal drowning incidents among children younger than 15 years old;
    • on average, there were 397 reported pool-or-spa-related fatal drownings per
    ...
    06-19-2021, 06:03 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    The Federal Communications Commission further strengthens Emergency Alerting
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    The Federal Communications Commission further strengthens Emergency Alerting | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: June 17, 2021) Washington, June 17, 2021 - - The Federal Communications Commission today adopted rules to improve the way the public receives emergency alerts on their mobile phones, televisions, and radios. The nation’s Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts help keep the public safe and informed and are of ever-increasing importance given the emergencies and disasters Americans have faced in recent years. In 2018, however, a false emergency alert in Hawaii mistakenly warned of an incoming ballistic missile and highlighted the need to improve these systems. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 subsequently directed the Commission, in consultation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to adopt rules to strengthen emergency...
    06-18-2021, 03:11 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Charges Issuer With Cybersecurity Disclosure Controls Failures
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    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Charges Issuer With Cybersecurity Disclosure Controls Failures | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release dated: June 15, 2021) Washington D.C., June 15, 2021 — - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced settled charges against real estate settlement services company First American Financial Corporation for disclosure controls and procedures violations related to a cybersecurity vulnerability that exposed sensitive customer information. According to the SEC’s order, on the morning of May 24, 2019, a cybersecurity journalist notified First American of a vulnerability with its application for sharing document images that exposed over 800 million images dating back to 2003, including images containing sensitive personal data such as social security numbers and financial information. In response, according to the order, First Ame...
    06-17-2021, 09:03 AM
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    CPSC Announces 2 Million Dollars in Pool Safely Grants Available for State and Local Governments to Help Prevent Drownings and Drain Entrapments
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    Consumer Product Safety Commission Announces $2 Million in Pool Safely Grants Available for State and Local Governments to Help Prevent Drownings and Drain Entrapments; Apply Now | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission press release dated: May 28, 2021) Washington, D.C. - - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is seeking applications for a Pool Safely Grant Program (PSGP or grant program) offered to state and local governments. CPSC will award up to a total of $2 million in two-year grants to assist jurisdictions in reducing deaths and injuries from drowning and drain entrapment incidents in pools and spas. The PSGP is a part of CPSC's national campaign to make drowning and drain entrapment prevention a critical public safety priority. The grant program is made possible through the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGB Act), legislation authored and advanced by Rep. Debbie Wasserma...
    06-12-2021, 04:09 AM

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