January 25, 2023 – The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday ordered telecommunications companies to cut off traffic to a calling platform that facilitated an illegal robocalling scheme targeting homeowners.
MV Realty is accused of using voice service provider Twilio Networks and the collection platform PhoneBurner to “flood homeowners with fraudulent mortgage claims.”
Attorneys general in Florida, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania have filed lawsuits against a real estate firm that allegedly tricked residents into foreclosing on their homes in exchange for cash payments.
“Mortgage scams are the most harmful robocalls we’ve ever seen,” the FCC chairman said Jessica Rosenworcel the release says. “It is unconscionable to send out these junk calls to financially strapped homeowners simply to offer deceptive products and services. Therefore, we are currently closing these calls.”
The Commission is taking increasingly aggressive measures against illegal robocalls and their intermediaries. Last month, the commission proposed a “record-breaking” $300 million fine for a robocall scheme.
Late last year, the commission expanded the robocall framework by ruling that direct-to-voicemail robocalls are subject to its regulatory authority.
The survey shows that civil society organizations struggle with internet access, speed and reliability
Civil society organizations are hampered by a lack of Internet access, tools or skills among staff, according to a report released Wednesday by the advocacy group Connect Humanity.
The report is based on a survey of more than 7,500 of these organizations, representing and serving more than 190 million people, and draws on examples, resources and quotes directly from these organizations.
The report found that the top five issues of concern to these organizations were a lack of digital skills, followed by internet speed, internet reliability, affordability of devices and the internet, and lack of devices.
The report says the top five issues affecting the people served by these organizations are lack of digital skills, affordable internet, internet availability, device affordability and lack of devices.
Other concerns include internet availability, fear of being tracked or hacked online, lack of relevant content and lack of accessibility for people with disabilities.
The report notes 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 expect an increase in access to the internet.
In addition, 35 percent of these organizations participating in the survey said that they have access to high-speed Internet, while only 9 percent of the people they serve have. Meanwhile, 42 percent of organizations said they have reliable internet, while only 9 percent of the people they serve can claim that.
Among the report’s other findings, most of the organizations in question and the people they serve use a mobile provider to access the Internet, and mobile phones are the most common devices people use to access the Internet.
Comcast has announced a new executive for its 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 across regions in central and northeastern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, northern West Virginia and Maryland.
“With his industry experience and extensive experience managing large markets, Ray will be a great 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. release. “I know Ray will continue to bring our innovative products and services to homes and businesses across the region, 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.