Monday, December 03, 2018

FCC starting outreach tour in West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee; calls it Appalachian, but it's mainly not

Representatives from the Federal Communications Commission's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau are visiting towns in West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee this week to help citizens and their representative groups learn more about issues that affect their daily lives. Representatives will also meet privately with local leaders to discuss concerns.

Topics to be covered in the free and open to the public informational events include:
  • Robocalls, spoofing, scam alerts
  • Slamming, cramming and other telephone bill related items
  • Television broadcast transition: what consumers need to know; how to take action; broadcast TV Stations in your area will be affected)
  • Broadband and digital inclusion: encouraging everyone to get online
  • Telehealth
  • Lost and stolen mobile devices – protecting mobile devices
  • How to make your views heard at the FCC
  • How to file complaints and comments with the FCC
The first public meeting is tonight at 6 in Bridgeport, W.Va. Tomorrow the team will be in Clarksburg and Huntington; on Wednesday it will be in Elizabethtown and Frankfort, Ky.; on Thursday in Huntingdon and Waverly, Tenn., and Friday in Hopkinsville, Ky. Click here to learn more about the tour, including a schedule of tour stops and private meetings.

The FCC might need a lesson in geography; it is billing the meetings as an "Appalachian Region Outreach Tour," but the only Appalachian locations are in West Virginia.

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