Jun 18, 2015

By Barbara Kinosky

Did you ever wonder how your internet provider could supply you with unlimited data and still stay in business? Well wonder no more. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has explained this mystery by slapping AT&T with a $100 million fine Wednesday and accusing them of slowing down service for customers signing up for the unlimited data plans. The FCC said that AT&T failed to warn customers who signed up for such plans that they could receive slower than normal network speeds. So if you are still trying to download that movie a week later you now know why.

For those of you looking for a brighter tomorrow on the budget front, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee just approved a DHS funding bill with an increase of $765 million over the department’s current budget. One of the big beneficiary’s of the proposed budget increase is Customs and Border Protection.

And for those of you sick of the evil “s” word, sequestration, and pay attention to the Defense Appropriations bill. This bill is out earlier than in previous years. It is moving forward with provisions to lock in sequestration levels despite a warning from the White House that the President would veto such measures. President Obama has made it clear he will not sign any legislation that does not alleviate the mandatory spending cuts that are scheduled for October 2015. https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1735

And finally in the “I can’t believe this” lawsuit category we have a winner. Choice Hotels filed suit against a Florida man accused of fraudulently obtaining over $48,000 in gift cards by making and then cancelling reservations in its hotel booking system. Robert Chat discovered that the Choice Hotels booking system did not delete his reward points after he cancelled a reservation. So Mr. Chat began making and cancelling hundreds of reservations and then redeeming his “reward” cards at Dunkin Donuts, Home Depot and other places. http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/civil/suit-man-racks-up-48500-in-gift-cards-via-glitch-in-hotel-rewards-program/2232113

Until next time,

Barbara

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