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New Tech Connect+ Benefit!

FMCA Tech Connect+ is a benefit package that brings technology offers to FMCA members. Offers include tech product discounts and mobile data plans.

What do you get? For just $49.99 monthly, you’ll have access to a Sprint mobile hotspot data plan, plus discounts on WiFi extenders and products. With Sprint, you’ll get full, un-throttled and uncapped 3G and 4G LTE speed.

To take advantage of this benefit, your FMCA membership dues must be active for at least one year. And stay tuned – we plan to offer more discounts to this benefit package!

Why not take part in a benefit package that keeps you connected at a lower cost?

CLICK HERE to learn more.


Read Member F470953 GAIL RUSSELL's Review of the Tech Connect+ Sprint MIFI Plan Below:

Signed up for FMCA Tech Connect+ and taking advantage of the Sprint Unlimited Hotspot Plan

I would say I started with Hotspot Authorization at 11:30AM, it is now 8PM and my Hotspot Battery is at 32%.

I am very pleased with both the Franklin R-910 Hotspot and the Sprint unlimited data plan. Everything is working flawlessly. I am in a rural area, 30 miles from the nearest city (Buffalo, NY) and I have had enough signal strength to do everything I wanted to do on my computers & tablets and ereaders, fast & flawlessly.

I found the Hotspot intuitive to use and easy to operate. I even liked the way it felt with its rubber armour coating! After 8-1/2 hours of continuous running, the Hotspot feels cool to the touch all over. If I had to tell one Hotspot fault, it would be the display screen font type is very small, making it hard to read.

Tomorrow I will play around with more of my WiFi capable devices and let you know what I think. The unlimited data plan is just great to have! No more running to public hotspots for me like when my old data plan was getting near its limit. I am in Computer Nerd Heaven!

Gail Russell
F470953

New FMCA Verizon Benefit!

FMCA has a new Verizon MIFI Member Benefit! CLICK HERE to learn more.

Perry Registration Is Open!

Finally, registration for FMCA’s 97th International Convention and RV Expo, scheduled for March 15 through 18, 2018, at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter is open. Click Here to register.

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FMCA Remodel

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Since the Converter Box Coupon Program began Jan. 1, more than 19 million coupons have been mailed to U.S. households who want to continue to watch television on their analog-only sets after the Feb. 18, 2009, digital transition.

The Coupon Program, by federal law, requires applicants to provide a valid U.S. Postal Service household mailing address. A post office box may be used only for areas where home delivery is not available.

Applications from motorhome owners who use private mailboxes (PMBs) to receive mail will not be accepted. PMB users can receive coupons, however, with a little help from their friends.

Application denied

FMCA member Leland Guth, a full-timer who uses a PMB, received this e-mail in response to his coupon application:

“Dear consumer:

“Thank you for providing additional information regarding your application for the TV Converter Box Coupon Program. According to the legislation that enacted this program, mailing addresses used for RV residents are not eligible for coupons. This includes RV Park addresses, as well as P.O. box or mailing facility addresses. Therefore, we can not currently approve your application.

“As part of our evaluation of your application, we are seeking additional consideration regarding your eligibility. We do not currently know when a final decision will be made.”

Sincerely,

Consumer Support
TV Converter Box Coupon Program

Motorhomers like Mr. Guth, and others who use PMBs and commercial mail services, appear to have only one option for receiving coupons: Enlist the help of family and friends who have a physical residence to which the U.S. Postal Service delivers.

“We have had a couple of calls from motorhomers, so we’re aware of the situation,” said Bart Forbes, public affairs specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce. “The solution that we’ve told people is to get a friend, family member or neighbor to request the coupons. When they receive them, they can give them to you and you can redeem them.”

Help for P.O. box users, seniors

RVers who use PMBs aren’t the only ones whose coupon applications have been denied by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce that administers the Coupon Program. A substantial number of consumers who use post office boxes for mail receipt also have been turned down.

But on April 24, NTIA issued a proposed rulemaking that would amend the current program rules in favor of post office box users.

According to the proposed changes, a household with a post office box can apply for and receive coupons if the applicant provides proof of physical residence, such as driver’s license, utility bill, property tax bill or homeowner’s insurance policy.

Through the consumer appeals process, NTIA had become aware that many applicants have valid reasons for using a post office box. For example, consumers appealing denials said they chose to receive mail at a post office box because they were concerned about the risks of identify theft posed by home-delivered mail.

NTIA also has proposed to waive the “eligible household” and application requirements for individuals residing in nursing homes or other senior care facilities. Each coupon request would be subject to additional information requirements not otherwise applicable to eligible households.

A little help from your friends
The final rulemaking concerning post office boxes and nursing homes will be published by early fall, Mr. Forbes said. The public comment period ended June 9, 2008.

Meanwhile, it looks like motorhome owners who do not meet the physical residence requirement will have to pay full price for digital-to-analog converter boxes unless they have a friend or relative who can apply for the coupon for them.

“We encourage folks to have a family member to call up, use their household and give you the coupons,” Mr. Forbes said. “We are mandated to send two coupons per household; it doesn’t matter who’s name is on the coupon.”

To apply for a coupon, go to www.dtv2009.gov or call the 24-hour Coupon Program hotline, (888) 388-2009.

For more Coupon Program updates and information, visit www.ntia.doc.gov.

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