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AT&T has trouble figuring out where it offers government-funded Internet

An AT&T logo on the side of a building.

If you live in an area where AT&T has taken government funds in exchange for deploying broadband, there’s a chance you won’t be able to get the service—even if AT&T initially tells you it’s available.

AT&T’s Mississippi division has received over $283 million from the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund since 2015 and in exchange is required to extend home-Internet service to over 133,000 potential customer locations. As we previously reported, the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) accused AT&T of submitting false coverage data to the FCC program. As evidence, Mississippi said its “investigation found concrete, specific examples that show AT&T Mississippi has reported location addresses… as being served when, in fact, the addresses are without service.”

AT&T has since provided an explanation that confirms it submitted false data on the serviceability of some addresses but says it will still meet the overall requirement of serving over 133,000 new customer locations. The problem is in how AT&T determines whether its wireless home-Internet service can reach individual homes and businesses. AT&T uses propagation modeling software to map out coverage areas, but the software isn’t always accurate. This wouldn’t be a problem if AT&T deployed fiber-to-the-home or fiber-to-the-node in these areas, but the company is meeting its obligations with wireless service.

“Unsuccessful installation” attempts

In some cases, customers set up appointments with AT&T to set up broadband service at addresses that AT&T had incorrectly reported to the FCC’s universal service program as being served.

“To be clear, AT&T Mississippi learned, via an unsuccessful installation attempt, that it could not offer service meeting the CAF II [Connect America Fund] minimum performance requirements at those addresses only after it had reported those addresses [to the administrator of the FCC program],” AT&T wrote last week in a letter to the FCC that was published by the Daily Journal of Northeast Mississippi.

AT&T said these locations represent a tiny portion of the addresses it reported as served to the FCC, and that the carrier is correcting the mistakes. AT&T also said it tries to exceed the buildout requirements so that it can hit the overall numbers even when some addresses can’t be served:

The PSC’s letter implies AT&T Mississippi is deceiving the Commission and consumers by advertising Internet access service as available but then being unable to install the service once the technician arrives and checks available signal strength. That concern is unfounded. As the Commission understands, fixed wireless services are affected by terrain. AT&T employs sophisticated propagation modeling software that accounts for factors such as terrain and clutter to identify areas where FWI [fixed wireless Internet] service is available. However, there are instances, such as the ones the PSC notes, where AT&T subsequently learns that the signal may not be strong enough to guarantee service that meets the CAF II performance requirements because, for example, the customer has a significant number of large trees between her/his home and the serving cell tower. Indeed, AT&T has endeavored to exceed each CAF II build milestone to

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Harbor Humane Society offers discounted pet adoptions this weekend

Puppy Palooza followed by a Discounted Adoption Day.

MICHIGAN, USA — This weekend, Harbor Humane Society will be hosting two events to get their shelter pets a  new home. 

On Friday, they will hold their first ever Puppy Palooza Adoption Event. The Adoptions will be first come first serve as they open the doors of their  training center to people that want a furry addition to their family. 

They will have three to four litters, which is about 20 puppies to see. The shelter has done this event in the past with kittens, but this is the first time they have the puppy inventory according to the event coordinator, Cindy Gruppen.

“We will have the puppies in play pins to visit with but we are only allowing a few people in the building at a time,” Gruppen said.

Everyone who attends the event must register in order to adopt. The applications will be pre-approved and must be on file with them by 11am, on October 8.

Saturday there will be even more options, as cats, dogs and other shelter animals will be available to take home. The Coldwell Banker Holland and Grand Haven offices are donating $50 off the first 12 adult dogs adopted, and $40 off for kittens. 

This is their fourth annual adoption event with The Harbor Human Society and they will be there virtually this year. 

The Harbor Human Society is located at 14345 Bagley Street in West Olive,  MI 49460.

For more information you can visit the site, to register, and see adoption prices.

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JDog Brands Offers Franchise Ownership Discount to Current, Former Law Enforcement

JDog Brands is recruiting even more Veterans to join its rapidly growing band of Veteran- and Military-family owned franchises. Now through Dec. 31, 2020, Veterans and Military family members that are also current or former law enforcement will receive a $5,000 discount off the initial franchise fee for both JDog Junk Removal and Hauling and JDog Carpet Cleaning.

In major cities across the U.S., police officers are retiring at double, even triple the usual rate. Many of them will be looking to put their skills and training to use in a new way, including entrepreneurship and franchise ownership.

“The experience, work ethic, and values these public servants gained from their time on the force, combined with their experience as Veterans or Military family members, makes them uniquely suited for business ownership at JDog,” said Army Veteran Jerry Flanagan, the co-founder and CEO of JDog Brands. “Our focus on people, purpose, and patriotism is a natural fit for those still looking to serve. We hope this offering will make business ownership a more realistic option for Veterans and police officers nationwide.”

JDog Brands is one of the fastest-growing Veteran brands in America. The company’s reputation for delivering high-quality services the military way – with Respect, Integrity, and Trust – has supported its rapid expansion across 32 states to serve more than 40 million Americans.

JDog Junk Removal and Hauling and JDog Carpet Cleaning franchise owners enjoy high profit margins, multiple revenue streams, and the ease of operation that comes with proven business models. The opportunity to hire and help other Veterans is also attractive, perpetuating the sense of patriotism and brother/sisterhood that is a hallmark of both the Military and law enforcement.

“I would recommend JDog to any individuals in law enforcement looking to open their own business, solely on the fact that you are in control of your success,” said Mustafa Browne, a U.S. Air Force Veteran and former Deputy at the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office in Yorktown, Virginia. Browne is the owner of three JDog Carpet Cleaning franchises in Williamsburg, Virginia, which he opened alongside his wife, Ellen, an Army Veteran, in fall 2019. “JDog gives me the opportunity to continue serving my community, and, as a Veteran brand, it provides that same camaraderie you have as a brother or sister on the force.”

JDog franchise ownership opportunities are available across the U.S. For more information about this promotion or to determine if you’re eligible, visit https://www.jdogbrands.com/law-enforcement.

About JDog Brands

JDog Brands is the umbrella for an array of home and commercial services franchise organizations owned and operated by Veterans and Military family members. Its first two companies are JDog Junk Removal & Hauling and JDog Carpet Cleaning. Over the next 10 years, JDog Brands has a goal of 5,000 new franchises nationwide. For more information, visit www.jdogbrands.com.

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TIP Friendly Society offers $3.3m in scholarships, grants

The TIP Friendly Society awarded $3.3 million in scholarships and grants recently, to students of TIP members who will be attending secondary institutions.

Awards were also handed to TIP members completing undergraduate and postgraduate studies in 2021. This is the 18th year of TIP giving back through its scholarship awards.

The scholarship was held under the theme, ‘TIP, Your Partner in Education’. This year, two new scholarships were named for two board members who passed recently passed — Sherlock Allen, former treasurer; and Wayne Mullings, former parish representative.

Acting chief education officer in the Ministry of Education, Dr Kasan Troupe, charged the attendees to make the most of their awards by putting in the required work. She reminded the scholars that it was not where you came from, but instead where you are going. She drew on her personal experiences and she encouraged the parents to support their children every step of the way.

Kemar Gayle, educator at the Grange Hill High School in Westmoreland, who is completing his masters’ degree, expressed heartfelt gratitude to TIP.

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Heading off Revolt, UK Government Offers Lawmakers More Say on Coronavirus | World News

LONDON (Reuters) – British health minister Matt Hancock offered lawmakers more say over the introduction of any new coronavirus restrictions, bowing to criticism of what many see as the government’s high-handed approach.

Just hours after parliamentary speaker Lyndsay Hoyle accused the government of a “total disregard” for parliament when bringing in new measures Hancock moved on Wednesday to head off a rebellion in Conservative ranks.

A defeat in parliament would have dented Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s authority at a time when he is already under fire over his response to the growing pandemic.

“Today I can confirm to the House (of Commons) that for significant national measures with effect in the whole of England or UK-wide we will consult parliament. Wherever possible we will hold votes before such regulations come into force,” Hancock told parliament.

“But of course responding to the virus means that the government must act at speed when required and we cannot hold up urgent regulations which are needed to control the virus and save lives.”

His words seemed to ease the concerns of many lawmakers who had been unhappy about extending the Coronavirus Act, which hands government sweeping powers to introduce restrictions to try to step the spread of COVID-19.

Earlier, several from Johnson’s own Conservative Party had accused the government of using the powers in the Act to govern by diktat.

The depth of anger was underlined when the parliamentary Speaker reprimanded the government for disregarding parliament with its COVID-19 measures, saying ministers had shown “contempt” for lawmakers.

“The way in which the government has exercised its powers to make secondary legislation during this crisis has been totally unsatisfactory,” Hoyle told parliament.

“The government must make greater efforts to prepare measures more quickly, so that this House can debate and decide upon the most significant measures at the earliest possible point.”

(Reporting by William James, writing by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Stephen Addison)

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