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The Latest: House passes bill to fund agencies amid shutdown

WASHINGTON —Jan 09, 2019— The Latest on President Donald Trump and the partial government shutdown (all times local): 5:25 p.m. The House has approved a bill to fund the Treasury Department, the IRS and other agencies for the next year as part of a Democratic strategy to reopen the government on a piecemeal basis. The … Continue reading The Latest: House passes bill to fund agencies amid shutdown

LAS VEGAS | CES 2019: Tech show isn’t immune from government shutdown

LAS VEGAS —Jan 06, 2019—The CES 2019 gadget show is revving up in Las Vegas, but even technology’s biggest trade event isn’t immune to the effects of the partial government shutdown. Organizers said Saturday that several scheduled government speakers have canceled their travel plans. These include Ajit Pai, head of the Federal Communications Commission, and … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | CES 2019: Tech show isn’t immune from government shutdown

BOISE, Idaho | Nationwide internet outage affects CenturyLink

BOISE, Idaho— Some CenturyLink customers across the country were without the internet as outages stretched from New York to California. The company said on Twitter Thursday that its network was “experiencing a disruption” and that it was working to quickly restore services. It provided no other details, including how many customers were affected. CenturyLink didn’t … Continue reading BOISE, Idaho | Nationwide internet outage affects CenturyLink

United States | NEW SCHNEIDER BILL WOULD CRACKDOWN ON IRRITATING TELEPHONE SCAM CALLS

Discourage Dishonest Dialing Act would require FCC to implement technology to allow consumers to identify and decline scam calls that impersonate local numbers United States – Today, Congressman Brad Schneider announced new legislation to crackdown on telephone scam calls that impersonate local numbers by giving consumers the ability to recognize and shutdown these annoying calls. … Continue reading United States | NEW SCHNEIDER BILL WOULD CRACKDOWN ON IRRITATING TELEPHONE SCAM CALLS

AUSTIN, Texas | FCC shuts down Alex Jones’ pirate flagship radio station

AUSTIN, Texas — The Federal Communications Commission has shut down a pirate radio station that served as the flagship outlet for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. The Austin American-Statesman reports the FCC also has fined the station’s operators $15,000 — a fine the FCC says in a lawsuit the operators are refusing to pay. The lawsuit … Continue reading AUSTIN, Texas | FCC shuts down Alex Jones’ pirate flagship radio station

Robocall Volumes Shatter the National Record for Fourth Straight Month

IRVINE, Calif./ July 12, 2018 (STL.News) — The American public was inundated by 4.12 billion robocalls in June, setting a new national record for the fourth consecutive month and spiking 63% over the monthly total from June of last year. That record pace equaled roughly 1,591 robocalls placed every second during June, or 137.5 million … Continue reading Robocall Volumes Shatter the National Record for Fourth Straight Month

SACRAMENTO, Calif | Net neutrality backers fume as California bill watered down

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California legislation that was billed as one of the nation’s most aggressive efforts to revive net neutrality was watered down during a tense legislative hearing Wednesday, leading the author to repudiate what he called a “mutilated” bill. The legislation has been closely watched by energetic net neutrality advocates, who quickly denounced … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif | Net neutrality backers fume as California bill watered down

NEW YORK | Your internet use could change as ‘net neutrality’ ends

NEW YORK (AP) — Your ability to watch and use your favorite apps and services could start to change — though not right away — following the official demise Monday of Obama-era internet protections. Any changes are likely to happen slowly, as companies assess how much consumers will tolerate. The repeal of “net neutrality” took … Continue reading NEW YORK | Your internet use could change as ‘net neutrality’ ends

Washington becomes 1st state to approve net-neutrality rules

OLYMPIA, Wash./March 5, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Washington became the first state Monday to set up its own net-neutrality requirements after U.S. regulators repealed Obama-era rules that banned internet providers from blocking content or interfering with online traffic. “We know that when D.C. fails to act, Washington state has to do so,” Gov. Jay Inslee said … Continue reading Washington becomes 1st state to approve net-neutrality rules

Hawaii worker who sent false alert had problems but kept job

HONOLULU /January 31, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Hawaii emergency management officials knew for years that an employee had problems performing his job. Then, he sent a false alert warning of an imminent missile attack earlier this month. The worker had mistakenly believed drills for tsunami and fire warnings were actual events, and colleagues were not comfortable working with … Continue reading Hawaii worker who sent false alert had problems but kept job

Wave of lawsuits filed to block net-neutrality repeal

NEW YORK /January 16, 2018(AP)(STL.News) — The expected wave of litigation against the Federal Communications Commission‘s repeal of net-neutrality rules has begun. A group of attorneys general for 21 states and the District of Columbia sued Tuesday to block the rules. So did Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox browser, public-interest group Free Press and New … Continue reading Wave of lawsuits filed to block net-neutrality repeal

Missile-alert mistake feeds doubts about a real emergency

HONOLULU/January 14, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— A blunder that caused more than a million people in Hawaii to fear that they were about to be struck by a nuclear missile fed skepticism Sunday about the government’s ability to keep them informed in a real emergency. Residents and tourists alike remained rattled a day after the mistaken alert was … Continue reading Missile-alert mistake feeds doubts about a real emergency

After net neutrality: Brace for internet ‘fast lanes’

NEW YORK /December 20, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —Now that federal telecom regulators have repealed net neutrality, it may be time to brace for the arrival of internet “fast lanes” and “slow lanes.” The net neutrality rules just voted down by the Federal Communications Commission prohibited such “paid prioritization,” as it’s technically known. That’s when an internet … Continue reading After net neutrality: Brace for internet ‘fast lanes’

The Latest: Clyburn blasts FCC net neutrality repeal

NEW YORK  /December 14, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —The Latest on the FCC’s vote on eliminating net-neutrality protections for the internet (all times local): 12 p.m. Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, a Democrat who was appointed by President Barack Obama, lambasted the “preordained outcome” of the vote that she says hurts people, small and large businesses, and marginalized populations. … Continue reading The Latest: Clyburn blasts FCC net neutrality repeal

Internet firms winding up for a fight on ‘net neutrality’

NEW YORK (AP)(STL.News) — Internet companies are readying for a showdown with telecoms and a Republican-controlled government over a policy near and dear to their hearts: net neutrality. Net neutrality basically prevents broadband providers from playing favorites or steering users toward (or away from) particular internet sites. Under rules enacted during the Obama administration, the … Continue reading Internet firms winding up for a fight on ‘net neutrality’

US regulators aim to keep the ban on in-flight phone calls

NEW YORK (AP)(STL.News) — Federal regulators aim to maintain the ban on in-flight cellular calls. The Federal Communications Commission is looking to kill an effort it started in 2013 to give airlines the option of installing on-board cellular equipment for calls and other services. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai appears to have enough votes to axe … Continue reading US regulators aim to keep the ban on in-flight phone calls

Senate votes to kill privacy rules guarding your online info

NEW YORK/March 24, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The Senate voted to kill Obama-era online privacy regulations , a first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell your browsing habits and other personal information as they expand their own online ad businesses. Those rules, not yet in effect, would have required … Continue reading Senate votes to kill privacy rules guarding your online info