Solar Eclipse

Next Monday, August 21, 2017, the country will experience a solar eclipse, and in certain locations, those lucky people will see the eclipse in totality.  A coast to coast solar eclipse is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity - it's been 99 years since it happened!

The Weather Channel will have meteorologists across the country reporting live on this historic occasion, in-studio augmented reality features and viewing path forecasts.  

Tune to channel 187!

DIGITAL DISEASES

DIGITAL DISEASES from theweek.com

The spread of digital technology has brough with it newly coined disorders.  

*Nomophobia: or "No-Mobile Phobia" - the panic one feels when seperated from their phone or tablet.
*Technoference: When devices intrude upon meals, conversations and leisure time.
*Phantom Ring: The perception that one's mobile device is ringing or vibrating when it isn't.
*Cyberchondria: An affliction whereby one researches and diagnoses their own medical condition through online research.
*Truman Show Delusion: Named after the movie, this is the idea that one's life is being broadcast.

CHANNEL NAME CHANGE

CHANNEL NAME CHANGE

Channel 123, The Family Net will have a new name and programming. Effective July 1st, 2017 programming will shift from airing the nostalgic and popular comedy sitcoms of the 70's & 80's to being anchored by western sports and everything that encompasses the popular western lifestyle.

NEW CHANNEL

NEW CHANNEL ADDED.

We have added the new channel Charge! channel number 6 to our line-up. Charge! is an American digital broadcast television network that is owned by Sinclair Television Group and operated by MGM Television. Programming on Charge! is culled primarily from MGM's library of films and TV series, including In the Heat of the Night and the Magnificent Seven, the Rock and James Bond film series, and other motion pictures including Platoon and Dances with Wolves.

CONSUMER ALERT: 'CAN YOU HEAR ME' SCAMS

On March 27th, 2017 the Federal Communications Commission is alerting consumers to be on the lookout for scam callers seeking to get victims to say the word "yes" during a call and later use a recording of the response to authorize unwanted charges on the victim's utility or credit card account.  According to complaints the FCC has received and public new reports, the fraudulent callers impersonate representatives from organizations that provide a service and may be familiar to the person receiving the call, such as a mortgage lender or utility, to establish a legitimate reason for trying to reach the consumer.

The scam begins when a consumer answers a call and the person at the end of the line asks, "Can you hear me?"  The caller then records the consumer's "Yes" response and thus obtains a voice signature.  The signature can later be used by the scammers to pretend to be the consumer and authorize fraudulent charges via telephone.

If you receive this type of call, immediately hang up.  If you have already responded to this type of call, review all of your statements such as those from your bank, credit card lender, or telephone company for unauthorized charges.  If you notice unauthorized charges on these and other types of statements, you have likely been a victim of "cramming".

Anyone who believes they have been targeted by this scam should immediately report the incident to the Better Business Bureau's Scam Tracker (www.bbb.org/scamtracker/us ) and to the FCC Consumer Help Center (https://consumercomplaints.fcc.gov/hc/en-us).

Consumers should always be on alert for telephone scams.  The following tips can help ward off unwanted calls and scams:

1. Don't answer calls from unknown numbers.  Let them go to voicemail.

2. If you answer and the caller (often a recording) asks you to hit a button to stop receiving calls, just hang up.  Scammers often use these tricks to identify, and then target, live respondents.

3. if you receive a scam call, write down the number and file a complaint with the FCC so we can help identify and take appropriate action to help consumers targeted by illegal callers.

5. Ask your phone service provider if it offers a robocall blocking service.  If not, encourage your provider to offer one.  You can also visit the FCC's website for information and resources on available robocall blocking tools to help reduce unwanted calls.

6. Consider registering all of your telephone number sin the National D Not Call Registry.

As the Agency that implements and enforces the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the FCC reviews all consumer complaints.  The Agency will continue, when appropriate, to issue consumer alerts based on those complaints and other public information related to possible scams and frauds in hopes of information and empowering consumers.

 

 

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