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Feb 4-6: SCAD aTVfest

Feb 17: FCC Open Meeting

Feb 22-23: APTS Public Media Summit

March 2-3: NCTC SmartClicks Marketing & Video Series

March 16-20: SXSW Online

Research

➢ US robocalls were estimated to total 45.9 billion in 2020, a 22% decrease from the 58.5 billion recorded in 2019.

➢ February was the highest volume month wil just over 4.8 billion robocalls placed.

➢ Of the calls placed, 20.6 billion were scam calls, 11.6 billion were alerts and reminders, another 7.5 billion were financial reminders and 5.9 billion were attributed to telemarketers.

(Source: YouMail Robocall Index)

Quotable

“I think that anti-trust is a part of this. I think we want to have a proliferation of different types of content moderation and different sorts of engagement, but as we’ve also seen, that’s not going to solve all of the problems… A lot of this has to do with what are the problems we’re trying to get at, what are the motivations of the various players and how do we have a public policy that is respectful of the first amendment, that is careful… there are very real dangers here with acting in a rush and trying to suppress a wide range of speech as dangerous… I do think there is a role here for federal regulation to provide appropriate guidelines and solutions that are narrowly focused on imminent danger.”
– Public Knowledge svp Harold Feld talking social media in an interview for C-SPAN’s “The Communicators” series

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