The FCC Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau Rural Tour reached out to rural and underserved consumers in Washington and Oregon the week of Sept. 17-21, and met with groups that represent and work with these consumers.
The goal of the trip was to expand outreach to consumers in rural areas to provide consumer information and resources on issues that affect their daily lives, as well as provide warnings and alerts on recent scams which have cost consumers millions of dollars. The FCC sought to build partnerships with local consumer-oriented entities to help improve the effectiveness of future outreach efforts and establish ways to work together to reach consumers and community members.
Topics covered included:
- Robocalls, spoofing, scam alerts
- Slamming, cramming and other telephone bill related items
- Incentive Auctions, 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
- Tip Cards, translations (guides and materials available in several other languages), alternative formats (Braille and accessible formats)
- 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
All tour events listed were open to the public and free to attend.
In addition to public meetings, FCC staff met with officials, library directors and local leaders in Mount Vernon, Seattle, and Olympia, WA, and Portland, Sandy, and Bend, OR.
Also, Roger Goldblatt, Deputy Bureau Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, presented on panel at the Financial Crimes & Digital Evidence Conference on Sept. 20 in Salem, OR, and at the NTCA - the Rural Broadband Association 2018 Fall Conference on Sept. 18 in Seattle, WA.
Day 1: Monday, 9/17
- 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Consumer Town Hall in Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon Police Court Campus Auxiliary Conference Room
1805 Continental Place
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
- 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Public meeting in front of the Board of County Commissioners and members of the public. The meeting is live-streamed on TV21 and online
1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Day 2: Tuesday, 9/18
- 12 Noon
Presentation at the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL)
2021 9th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
- 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Presentation at the 320th Street Library
848 S 320th St., Federal Way, WA 98003 (King County)
Day 3: Wednesday, 9/19
- Noon - 1:00 pm
Presentation at Twin Cities Senior Center
2545 N. National Avenue, Chehalis, WA 98532 (Lewis County)
Day 4: Thursday, 9/20
- 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Presentation at Canby Public Library
220 NE 2nd Avenue, Canby, OR 97013 (Clackamas County)