• On January 26, 2011, the FTC announced that it will host a forum on May 11, 2011, in Washington, DC to examine how government, businesses, and consumer protection organizations can work together to prevent consumers from receiving unauthorized third-party charges on their phone bills — a practice known as “cramming.” The forum, which will be held at the FTC’s satellite building conference center, will be open to the public. Any individuals interested in appearing on the panel must submit requests to the FTC no later than March 4, 2011. The FTC also invites interested parties to submit comments on cramming prevention through the FTC’s online comment form no later than April 27, 2011. The FTC’s Press Release on the Cramming Forum can be found here. Comments can be submitted to the FTC here.