Beware of Scams and Fraud Schemes – COVID-19 Phishing

Last week, a Rhode Island company and its owner were prohibited from misrepresenting they are affiliated with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of a settlement resolving Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges they misled consumers in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Ponte Investments, LLC, and its owner were charged by the FTC in April with … Continue reading Beware of Scams and Fraud Schemes – COVID-19 Phishing

If You Are Still Using Windows 7, You Are At Risk

In  a Private Industry Notification announcement this month from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about the official end of life for Windows 7, the FBI states it "has observed cyber criminals targeting computer network infrastructure after an operating system achieves end-of-life status," and added that "continuing to use Windows 7 within an enterprise may provide … Continue reading If You Are Still Using Windows 7, You Are At Risk

Pipeline Safety Investigation Under Way Involving Subsidence Incidents in West Whiteland Township, Chester County

Today, July 17, 2020, in response to reports of several earth subsidences or “sinkholes” near pipelines in Southeastern Pennsylvania, an investigation is under way involving engineers and experts from the Safety Division of the Bureau of Investigation & Enforcement (I&E) - the independent investigation and enforcement bureau of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC). The … Continue reading Pipeline Safety Investigation Under Way Involving Subsidence Incidents in West Whiteland Township, Chester County

SBA Announces Enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued a statement today, June 8, 2020, following the enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act, which is designed to provide enhanced flexibility for borrowers who have already received PPP loans to keep employees on the payroll and … Continue reading SBA Announces Enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

June 1 Changes in Utility Electric Energy Prices and Tips to Decrease Your Electric Bill

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) or (Commission) today, May 27, 2020, reminded consumers that most electric distribution companies (EDCs) across the state will be adjusting electric generation prices on June 1 for non-shopping customers. Depending on your service territory, energy prices could be increasing or decreasing for the summer months, and the PUC encourages … Continue reading June 1 Changes in Utility Electric Energy Prices and Tips to Decrease Your Electric Bill

FCC changes to Form 477 for filings as of June 30, 2020!

Who Must File FCC Form 477? Four types of entities must file FCC Form 477: 1.Facilities-based Providers of Broadband Connections to End Users 2.Providers of Wired or Fixed Wireless Local Exchange Telephone Service 3.Providers of Interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Service 4.Facilities-based Providers of Mobile Telephony (Mobile Voice) Service: • Mobile Telephony (Mobile Voice) … Continue reading FCC changes to Form 477 for filings as of June 30, 2020!

FTC-FCC warning letters suggest a different kind of distancing

Agencies Target Companies Routing Scam Robocalls to Consumers about Fake COVID-19-Related Refunds, Loan Reductions, and Social Security Threats May 20, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) demanded that gateway providers allowing COVID-19 pandemic-related scam robocalls into the United States cut off this traffic or face serious consequences.  This is the second … Continue reading FTC-FCC warning letters suggest a different kind of distancing

PaPUC Approves Acquisition of Wastewater System in East Norriton Township, Montgomery County, by Aqua PA Wastewater Inc.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) or (Commission) today, May 21, 2020, approved an acquisition application of Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater Inc. (Aqua) for Aqua’s purchase of East Norriton Township’s (East Norriton) wastewater system assets in Montgomery County. The Commission voted 4-0 to approve a Joint Petition for Settlement of All Issues for the transfer of East Norriton’s  wastewater system … Continue reading PaPUC Approves Acquisition of Wastewater System in East Norriton Township, Montgomery County, by Aqua PA Wastewater Inc.

PaPUC Clarifies Settlement Involving ‘Remaining Life Study’ & Enhanced Public Reporting on Integrity of Sunoco’s Mariner East 1 Pipeline

Today, May 21, 2020, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) or (Commission) clarified a section of a March 2020 Tentative Order directing an independent “remaining life study” of the Mariner East 1 (ME1) pipeline crossing Pennsylvania – and established a 10-day period for comments by active and interested parties. The Commission voted 4-0 today in … Continue reading PaPUC Clarifies Settlement Involving ‘Remaining Life Study’ & Enhanced Public Reporting on Integrity of Sunoco’s Mariner East 1 Pipeline

PaPUC to Investigate Rate Increase Requests by PA-American Water Co. & PA-American Water Co. Wastewater Division

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) or (Commission) today, May 21, 2020, voted to suspend and investigate rate increase requests by Pennsylvania- American Water Company (PAWC) and PAWC’s Wastewater Division (PAWC-WD). The Commission voted 4-0 to investigate PAWC’s requests for multi-year rate increases in its water and wastewater rates. For water service, PAWC proposes to increase total annual operating … Continue reading PaPUC to Investigate Rate Increase Requests by PA-American Water Co. & PA-American Water Co. Wastewater Division