Education, Health, Politics, Sci-Tech

Attorney General Frosh urges FCC to increase internet access during COVID-19 pandemic

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh this week joined 30 attorneys general in urging the Federal Communications Commission to fund internet connectivity and internet-enabled devices to K-12 students attending school remotely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This month, the FCC asked for comment on petitions urging the commission to temporarily waive some restrictions on its E-Rate program. Specifically, …


Crime, Police/Fire

Police in Baltimore County warn of ‘spoofed’ phone call scam [VIDEO]

TOWSON, MD—Police in Baltimore County are warning residents of a telephone scam that has been circulating this week. The Baltimore County Police Department has learned that one of their phone numbers is being “spoofed” to call area residents.  The caller claims to be from a utility company. Authorities say anyone who receives one of these calls should hang up immediately …


Gov. Hogan, Superintendent Salmon announce $210 million in COVID-19 relief for remote learning, targeted tutoring

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent Karen Salmon on Monday announced $210 million in additional funding to help Maryland schools and students most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding, allocated through the federal CARES Act, will be used to ensure that more students have access to remote learning, and expand targeted tutoring initiatives for at-risk students. “For six …

Governor Hogan announces over $45 million in education funding to help students affected by COVID-19 pandemic

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced the commitment of more than $45.6 million in additional education funding for K-12 technology improvements, community college workforce development programs, rural broadband initiatives, and other priorities in every jurisdiction in Maryland, particularly those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act gives governors the flexibility …

Attorney General Frosh urges telecommunication companies to keep Marylanders connected during pandemic

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Wednesday joined a coalition of 27 attorneys general urging the telecommunications industry to strengthen commitments to protect consumers struggling financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to call upon the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to support additional efforts to reduce the economic burden to those customers. “Access to the internet …

Study: Md. ranks No. 1 for most FCC complaints on unwanted calls

NOTTINGHAM, MD—It’s not just you.  Marylanders really do get a lot of unwanted phone calls, and there’s new data to back it up. Unwanted calls have infiltrated the daily lives of Americans, making up 66 percent of Federal Communications Commission complaints in 2018. In a new study, the team at Security.org analyzed the FCC’s Consumer Complaint Open Data going back …

Nationwide test of Emergency Alert System set for August 7

NOTTINGHAM, MD – The Federal Emergency Management Agency, along with the Federal Communications Commission, will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday, August 7th. The nationwide test will be sent to radio and TV stations beginning at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will not include a message on cell phones via Wireless Emergency Alerts. The test is …

Maryland to roll out ‘Text to 9-1-1’ system

Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced the Board of Public Works’ approval of a new Text to 9-1-1 technology for Maryland, helping to update 1960s-era emergency systems with life-saving technology. This new Internet-based infrastructure will allow citizens to send a Short Message Service (SMS) text message to 9-1-1. The Federal Communications Commission estimates that more than 70 percent of all …