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FCC's January 27-31, 2020 Rural Tour:  Arizona and New Mexico

The Federal Communication Commission’s Consumer Affair and Outreach Division is planning for the January 2020 Rural Tour through Arizona and New Mexico.  This will be the sixth in a series of trips designed to build partnerships with local consumer groups and to hear directly from local consumers and community members about their telecommunication concerns.

During their travels to various cities and towns, the team will meet with community leaders and groups to share information and resources regarding telecommunication issues that affect their daily lives including the latest telecom scams targeting consumers.

Topics cover will include:

  • Robocalls, spoofing and other scams.
  • Telephone bill issues such as slamming and cramming.
  • Remembering to rescan your over-the-air television.
  • Protecting mobile devices from loss or theft.
  • How to navigate the Consumer Help Center when filing informal complaints and comments.  

The Tentative Agenda is highlighted below. Please note that this information is current as of this post. It is subject to change as meetings and/or events are confirmed.

Monday, January 27, 2020:

  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
    • Non-public meeting with Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
    • Concurrent potential non-public meeting with the Gila River Tribe leaders.  
  • 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    • Non-public meeting at the Ira Hayes Memorial Library.  
  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    • Presentation to Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • Non-public meeting with City Officials in Casa Grande, AZ.  
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    • Public Meeting at Marana Municipal Complex, 11555 W. Civic Center Drive, Marana, AZ 85653

Tuesday, January 28, 2020:                                   

  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    • Public Meeting at Oro Valley Library, Naranjo Drive, Oro Valley, AZ 85737
  • Noon - 12:45 p.m.
    •  Non-public meeting with Tuscon, AZ Ward 2 Council Members.
  • 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • Non-public meeting at the Benson Public Library in Benson, AZ.  
  • 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • Non-public meeting with Benson Police Chief Paul Moncada. 
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    • Public Meeting with Council Members and residents of Wards 3 and 6, Main Community Room, 3202 E. 1st Street, Tucson, AZ 85716

Wednesday, January 29, 2020:                            

  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
    •  Non-public meeting with Library Director for Cochise Libraries in Bisbee, AZ.  
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    • Public Meeting with Cochise County Board of Supervisors Work Session, 1415 Melody Lane, Building G, Bisbee, AZ 85603
  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Public Meeting with City Officials, City of Wilcox, Council Chambers, W Rex Allen Drive, Willcox, AZ 85643
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    • Public Meeting with United Way of SW New Mexico, Location: TBD

Thursday, January 30, 2020:

  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
    • Public Meeting with Deming-Luna County Chamber of Commerce and City of Deming, 800 E. Pine Street, Deming, NM 88030
  • Concurrent non-public meeting with Luna County Health Council
  • 11:00 a.m. - Noon
    •  Presentation at Deming-Luna County Senior Citizens Center.
  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Presentation at Sierra Joint Office on Aging – Senior Center.
  • Time TBD:  Brief meeting at Truth or Consequences Library in Truth or Consequences, NM

Friday, January 31, 2020:                                     

  • 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    •  Presentation at Socorro Senior Center in Socorro, NM



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