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Consumer Team: “Cop Cameras Gone Wild”

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TX)   Everywhere you go these days, there’s a camera.   At a stoplight, at the neighborhood 7-11, in schools, hospitals and churches.   Thanks to falling prices in high-tech, video cams  and the the video footage they record, are now available to the police and, in some cases, other individuals that might surprise you.    According to Consumer Team talk radio host Pete Thomson, consumers need to be very aware of privacy issues related to video surveillance.   Thomson said, “This is yet another form of digital snooping that, if not addressed, can be very damaging to our privacy and our liberty.”

Consumer Team:  Video Snoopers Need Oversight

Consumer Team: Video Snoopers Need Oversight

On Saturday, May 24, 2014 The Consumer Team talk radio program will air a special segment on video snooping.  Jennifer Abel of Consumer Affairs will join Thomson as a special guest for the program.   Thomson added, “Jennifer and the team at Consumer Affairs have done a good job of being on the front end of this issue.  During the interview we’ll address the scope of what video snooping is being done, how it’s being used and what this all means to the consumer.”

License plate scanners, now being utilized by many police departments nation-wide, are opening citizens up to a a whole new list of prvivacy challenges.   Thomson said, “The data is being potentially mismanaged on several levels.   Innocent people are being arrested as a result of bad information.  And, in some cases, the information is being made available to people outside the police department.   This is a huge concern.”

The Consumer Team is broadcast Saturdays from 5-7PM (Central) on 1080 KRLD.   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media, Dallas, Texas.

 

Consumer Team Recognizes Speed of Light Broadband for Excellence

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TX)    Pete Thomson, host of The Consumer Team radio program, announced today the addition of Speed of Light Broadband to the Consumer Team’s list of ‘Consumer Certified Sponsors’.   Speed of Light Broadband is a leader in providing high-speed internet access to consumers living in rural areas north of Dallas-Ft. Worth.

Speed of Light Broadband:  Bringing high-speed internet to rural consumers

Speed of Light Broadband: Bringing high-speed internet to rural consumers

Thomson commented on the addition of Speed of Light Broadband to The Consumer Team.  He said, “For years consumers and small business owners in rural areas were forced to use less-than-desirable modes of internet connectivity.    Before the emergence of Speed of Light and their high-speed wireless technology, consumers were stuck using slow connections from dial-up and satellite internet providers.   With Speed of Light Broadband, the rural customer can now surf the web at speeds previously unavailable in rural areas.”    Thomson cited Speed of Light’s local ownership and commitment to service excellence as key strengths of the company.   Thomson said, “In addition to delivering very fast internet service, Speed of Light is locally owned and operated right here in North Texas.   Their phone support is Texas-based which means no off-shore phone nightmares.   And the service is very dependable.   Rural consumers who have been frustrated by weather outages and other performance issues common with satellite internet will love the consistent, day-to-day performance of Speed of Light Broadband.”

Bryan Neumann, Director of Operations for Speed of Light Broadband will be joining Consumer Team host Pete Thomson as a special guest on a regular basis.   According to Thomson, Neumann will be contributing to the Consumer Team talk radio program on a number of levels.   Thomson added, “Bryan is an expert on several aspects of the internet, digital communications and technology.   We’re going to be tapping into his vast knowledge base regarding topics like internet privacy and security, computer equipment buying tips and other areas of interest.   In addition, he’ll talking about the exciting things that Speed of Light is offering the rural community north of Dallas along the Highway 380 Corridor.”

For more information on Speed of Light Broadband, call 866-599-7652 or go to http://www.solbroadband.com.  The Consumer Team is broadcast Saturdays from 5-7PM on 1080 KRLD Radio.  For more information and to listen live go to http://www.myconsumerteam.com.   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media Inc, Dallas, Texas.

Hearing Aids: Why So Expensive?

(DALLAS, TX)      Americans spend billions annually on technology designed to improve hearing.  And as baby boomers have become candidates for hearing aids, there are more makes and models than ever before.   The price on custom hearing aids can exceed that of a new car.   On Saturday, February 16, 2013, The Consumer Team radio program will air a special segment focusing on getting a better value on hearing aids.  The Consumer Team is broadcast from 5-7PM (Central) on 1080 KRLD Radio, Dallas-Ft. Worth.

Saving Money on Hearing Aids: The Consumer Team Investigates

According to Consumer Team host Pete Thomson, the goal of the segment is to educate the consumer regarding the choices that exist in the marketplace.  Thomson commented, “My dad recently spent a considerable sum of money on hearing aids.  His experience put this category on my personal radar.  When I did some investigation into the hearing aid industry I was amazed to see how expensive the devices are.  Hearing aids can cost more than a car.”  Thomson added that the pricing in the hearing aid industry didn’t make sense to him.   He continued, “The high prices of hearing aids run contrary to the price trend for other technology.   Think about it, generally the prices for technology such as cell phones, computers and other electronics is dropping.  The pricing model for hearing aids make no sense, especially when you consider that the device basically consists of a speaker, microphone and an amplifier.  It should be going down and not up.”

Thomson says that The Consumer Team will have good news for consumers.  Thomson said, “Like all consumer items, if you search, there are ways to get a better value for your dollar.  On The Consumer Team we will talk about several sources that give consumers much more for their hearing aid dollar.”

The Consumer Team is broadcast from 5-7PM Saturdays on 1080 KRLD in Dallas and Ft. Worth, Texas.  KRLD is the leading news station in the Dallas-Ft. Worth market.   The Consumer Team features consumer tips, information and research designed to help listeners in the DFW Metroplex and beyond make better consumer and shopping decisions.   Pete Thomson has been working in the area of consumer advocacy for over 10 years.  He founded The Consumer Team with a mission to help Dallas and Ft. Worth consumers save time, money and grief in the consumer lives.  Thomson is also president/CEO of McQ Media, a Dallas based marketing and advertising firm.

To learn more about The Consumer Team and to listen live go to http://www.myconsumerteam.com   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media Inc, Dallas, Texas.

 

Best Smart Phones & Wireless Plans on The Consumer Team

The Consumer Team radio program is airing a series of special broadcasts focusing on the best smart phones and cell phone plans.   According to Pete Thomson, host of The Consumer Team, the information is very timely.  Thomson commented, “Research is showing that consumers are needing clarity regarding smart phone hardware as well and the wireless phone plans.  Regarding phones, consumers need to better understand the new smart phones featuring the iPhone, Droid and Windows platforms.   And when it comes to getting the best wireless plan, the marketplace is not well informed.  A high percentage of the marketplace is overpaying for cell phone hardware and services.  Our listeners will learn specific ways to save money across the board.”

Mike Gikus, Senior Editor-Electronics with Consumer Reports Magazine, will be a special guest on the Consumer Team for the smart phone segments.  Gikus is a nationally recognized expert on consumer electronics and the cell phone industry.   According to Pete Thomson, “Mike Gikus and the team at Consumer Reports Magazine have pulled together an extraordinary collection of information pertaining to everything consumers need to know about cell phones.”

In addition to naming Consumer Report’s top picks for smart phones, Thomson said The Consumer Team special segments will help consumers learn how to get the most for their cellular investment.  Thomson added, “In 2012 Americans spent an average of $1,200 per person on cell phones and airtime.  Heavy users can easily spend twice that amount.  On The Consumer Team we’ll be showing our listeners how to actually decrease their cell phone bills through smarter shopping.   Consumers who shop smart can pay less for smart phones and for airtime.  This is now possible largely because of new players coming into most markets.”

The Consumer Team is broadcast from 5-7PM Saturdays on 1080 KRLD in Dallas and Ft. Worth, Texas.  KRLD is the leading news station in the Dallas-Ft. Worth market.   The Consumer Team features consumer tips, information and research designed to help listeners in the DFW Metroplex and beyond make better consumer and shopping decisions.   Pete Thomson has been working in the area of consumer advocacy for over 10 years.  He founded The Consumer Team with a mission to help Dallas and Ft. Worth consumers save time, money and grief in the consumer lives.  Thomson is also president/CEO of McQ Media, a Dallas based marketing and advertising firm.

To learn more about The Consumer Team and to listen live go to http://www.myconsumerteam.com   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media Inc, Dallas, Texas.

 

Web Reliability Questions…..The Consumer Team Investigates

This week’s nationwide failure of GoDaddy email and website hosting has many consumers and business owners asking questions about the reliability of their email and website platforms.   This Saturday (September 15th) at 5PM Central The Consumer Team will feature special program segments focusing on these issues.   Jeff Fox, Technology Editor from Consumer Reports Magazine, will be a featured guest on the program which is heard on 1080 KRLD Radio in Dallas-Ft. Worth.

Pete Thomson, host of The Consumer Team, said the goal of the program will be to identify clearly the problem but also suggest solutions.  “Both individuals and companies discovered how dependent they are on GoDaddy this week.  When GoDaddy’s email and websites failed for around 4 hours on Monday, it created serious issues for both consumers and businesses.”   Thomson added, “The Consumer Team will discuss several theories that are emerging regarding the cause of the GoDaddy incident.   We will also discuss ways that individuals and businesses can create email and website redundancy to alleviate the negative impact of future failures.”

Regarding Jeff Fox of Consumer Reports Magazine, Thomson commented, “Consumer’s Union and Consumer Reports Magazine are unmatched when it comes to objective consumer reporting and advocacy.   Whenever we can get one of their writers on our program, it always results in very good information being shared.  Jeff Fox has made several appearances on The Consumer Team.  He’s always very prepared and knows the issues inside and out.  We’ll all learn from Jeff this Saturday on The Consumer Team.”

To listen live, go to http://www.myconsumerteam.com  

The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media, Dallas.  http://www.mcqmedia.us

 

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