Category Archives: Administrative

FCC approves proposal to change Suicide Hotline to 3-digit code

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) unanimously approved a proposal to change the National Suicide Prevention Hotline from a 10-digit 800 number (1-800-273-8255) to a three-digit number 9-8-8. The proposal to assign 988 is now open for public comment, and soon the rulemaking process will begin. The proposal could be implemented in 18 months.

Recognizing the need to make it easier to access potentially life-saving resources, Congress tasked the FCC with analyzing the effectiveness of the current 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Hotline and to examine the feasibility of designating a simple, easy to remember three-digit dialing code.

The FCC settled on 988 instead of an N11 code for the hotline because it determined it would be easier to implement than attempting to repurpose an existing code.

Thhttps://wp.me/p728pC-1F6e FCC estimated the total costs of implementing a 3-digit code for the first year would be about $570 million and $175 million in the second year. The costs include a public awareness campaign and the increased call-center capacity costs.

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline was launched in 2005 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Vibrant Emotional Health, a mental health nonprofit.

In 2018, Congress passed the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018. In 2017, more than 47,000 Americans died by suicide and more than 1.4 million adults attempted suicide. From 1999 to 2016, suicide increased in 49 of the 50 states, and in more than half of those states, the increase was greater than 20 percent.

Two programming notes

The IFC (HD – Channel 705) in the Preferred tier and the WE tv (HD – Channel 743) in the Essentials tier will move from the East Coast feed to the West Coast feed on Sept. 18, 2019. As a result, all programs will air three hours later than they currently do. Please note: If… Continue Reading

Meet local fiddler CJ Neary

Meet local fiddler CJ Neary

High performance. We know it when we see (and hear) it—alchemy of expertise, innovation, dogged determination, and magic—and a benchmark of BendBroadband’s practice and philosophy. In our quest to explore just what high performance looks and sounds like in our own backyard, BendBroadband is shining the spotlight on some local high performers in our new… Continue Reading

Website maintenance this weekend

Website maintenance this weekend

Starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, the BendBroadband website will be down for server maintenance. Customers can still access their BendBroadband email accounts through www.mybendbroadband.com. Click on the “Email Manager” tab in the top-right corner to log in. And viewers looking to watch programming through BendBroadband’s TV Everywhere service can go here. During this maintenance period, which… Continue Reading

Planned overnight outages this week

Two weeks ago, we took down phone and Internet service during our early morning maintenance window to make improvements to our network. Those improvements set the stage for an additional three nights of planned maintenance this week, during which we will complete the work to double broadband network capacity for the second time this year.… Continue Reading

Planned overnight outages this week

Planned outages next week as we double network capacity … again

Last spring, we doubled the capacity of our cable broadband system, and we’re in the process of doing it again to ensure you have a good experience with our products. Next week, BendBroadband will take down phone and Internet services in order to make upgrades to our network. Planned maintenance will occur between midnight and… Continue Reading

Planned outages next week as we double network capacity … again