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Jan. 25, 2023 — The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday ordered telecommunications companies to stop traffic to an aggregation platform that promoted an illegal robocall scheme targeting homeowners.

MV Realty is accused of using voice services provider Twilio Networks and aggregation platform PhoneBurner to “flood landlords with misleading mortgage claims.”

Attorneys general in Florida, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania have filed lawsuits against a real estate company that allegedly defrauded residents by foreclosing on their homes in exchange for cash payments, according to a news release.

“Mortgage fraud is one of the most dangerous types of robocalls we’ve ever seen,” FCC Chair. Jessica Rosenworcel it is said in the message. “Sending these junk calls to financially strapped homeowners simply to offer them deceptive products and services is unconscionable. That’s why we’re closing these calls right now.”

The commission is taking increasingly aggressive action against illegal robocalls and their facilitators. Last month, the commission proposed a “record” $300 million fine for a single robocall scheme.

And late last year, the commission expanded its scope of robocalls by ruling that direct voicemail robocalls are subject to its regulatory jurisdiction.

The survey found that civil society organizations struggle with internet access, speed and reliability

Civil society organizations are being hampered by a lack of Internet access, tools or skills among staff, advocacy group Connect Humanity said in a report Wednesday.

The report is based on more than 7,500 surveys from these organizations, which represent and serve more than 190 million people, and is based on case studies, resources and quotes directly from these organizations.

The report found that the top five concerns for these organizations were a lack of digital skills, followed by internet speed, internet reliability, devices and internet affordability, and lack of devices.

For the people these organizations serve, the top five are lack of digital skills, affordable internet, internet access, device affordability and lack of devices, the report said.

Other concerns include Internet availability, fear of online surveillance or hacking, lack of appropriate content, and lack of accessibility for people with disabilities.

The report found that over the next five years, 49 percent expect an increase in funding for digital skills, 37 percent expect an increase in funding for access to hardware or software, 37 percent expect an increase in digital rights or internet policy, and 33 percent. expects increased Internet access.

Additionally, 35 percent of these organizations surveyed said they have access to high-speed Internet, compared to only 9 percent of the people they serve. Meanwhile, 42 percent of organizations said they have reliable Internet, while only 9 percent of the people they serve said they can claim the same.

Other findings in the report include that the majority of organizations and the people they serve use mobile providers for Internet access, and mobile phones are the most common devices people use to access the Internet.

Comcast has announced a new CEO for the Keystone region

Ray Roundtree was announced today as the new Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Keystone Region, based in Pittsburgh.

Roundtree will oversee the company’s operational, strategic and financial performance in the panhandle regions of central and northeastern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, northern West Virginia and Maryland, according to a news release.

“With his industry experience and extensive experience driving large markets, Ray will be an excellent leader for the Keystone region,” said Amy Lynch, president of Comcast’s Northeast Division, which covers 14 northeastern states from Maine to Virginia and the District of Columbia. issue. “I know Ray will be successful in continuing to bring our innovative products and services to area homes and businesses, connecting them to what matters most.”

Roundtree has been with Comcast since 2000 as director of business operations for Chester and Lancaster counties and has held senior financial management positions during his tenure with the company.

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