Call blockers should provide redress mechanisms for legit calls

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The Federal Communications Commission should require entities that block or label calls to provide real-time notification and adopt effective, transparent and timely redress mechanisms, CUNA wrote to the FCC Friday. CUNA previously submitted comments to the FCC on erroneous call blocking, and Friday’s comments are in reply to others who answered that original request for feedback.Numerous calling entities, including credit unions and representatives of public health and safety sectors, report increasing alarming levels of blocked calls, CUNA notes, and many of those comments provide substantial evidence of this increase.“The disturbing fact is that there is no comprehensive or reliable data on the effectiveness of blocking tools to accurately identify illegitimate or fraudulent calls without also interfering with the ability of legitimate providers to have their calls completed or not mislabeled as “spam” calls,” the letter reads. “According to comments, the lack of data reflects a complex, developing ecosystem coupled with a lack of uniform definitions or standards regarding what constitutes “reasonable analytics.”last_img read more

Lakers GM Kupchak: ‘There’s time to right the ship’

first_imgHOUSTON >> Mitch Kupchak exuded a sense of calmness over the phone, even as the Lakers general manager addressed a wide-range of issues with this newspaper that plague the purple and gold.The never-ending injuries. The uncertainty leading into the Feb. 20 trade deadline. Whether the Lakers will miss the postseason for only the sixth time in franchise history. But Kupchak still uttered words about Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni foreign to what’s written on message boards and voiced on the airwaves.“Six weeks ago, I thought he would’ve been candidate for coach of the year,” Kupchak said, praising D’Antoni on how he managed a roster full of castoffs despite never-ending injuries. “I know I’ll get criticized and he’ll get criticized. But the coaches in this league can’t win without players.”Kupchak also stayed firm on signing Kobe Bryant to a two-year, $48.5 million extension shortly before Bryant fractured his left knee only six games after returning from a torn left Achilles tendon. Kupchak conceded he’ll stay active leading into the Feb. 20 trade deadline, though he declined to say whether everyone outside of Bryant remains up for grabs.“If there’s an opportunity to help us win right away, or an opportunity to help us plan for next year or the year after,” Kupchak said, “then we’ll look at those opportunities.”The Lakers negotiated last week with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a deal involving Pau Gasol, but Cleveland traded Andrew Bynum to Chicago for All-Star forward Luol Deng and several draft picks. The Lakers declined to make the deal because Cleveland refused to offer valued young players and draft picks.The Lakers had no interest in solely waiving Bynum, a move coupled with Gasol’s departure that would’ve trimmed $20 million in luxury taxes. The Lakers’ payroll remains at $78.9 million and the luxury tax threshold stays at $71.7 million.Kupchak downplayed the importance of staying below that number despite giving the Lakers a chance to avoid the so-called “repeater’s tax.” That penalty applies to teams that spend over the luxury tax in four of five seasons since the NBA’s new labor deal was constructed in 2011.“Strategically, it’s a factor,” Kupchak said. “But with Dr. Buss and present ownership, it has never been a driving force that interferes with what is best for the organization in terms of providing for our TV partners, radio partners and our fans.” “His most recent injury had nothing to do with the Achilles,” Kupchak said. “If he had blown out his Achilles, you might think why did he come back so quickly. The knee just hyperextended, and that’s very natural. It’s not a major injury. He’ll be back and better than ever.”Kupchak also scoffed at the Lakers tanking for the sake of maximizing their chances in the NBA Draft lottery.“That’s the worst thing an owner, general manager, coach or player can even consider. I can’t imagine going into a locker room or having a closed-door meeting with a coach to say I want you to lose,” Kupchak said. “It’s almost un-American.”The Lakers have long-term injuries to Bryant (fractured left knee), Steve Nash (nerve issues in back), Steve Blake (hyperextended right elbow) Jordan Farmar (strained left hamstring) and Xavier Henry (bone bruise in right knee). The Lakers will evaluate Henry sometime next week, but Bryant, Nash, Blake and Farmar aren’t expected back until February.“There’s time to right the ship and get back in the playoff run,” Kupchak said. “The only thing we can do is to play as hard, coach as hard and support the team as much as possible. If we can do that come April, we may not be happy with the record. But I know the team gave everything they possibly could give.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more