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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— Washington became the first state Monday to set up its own net-neutrality requirements after U.S. regulators repealed Obama-era rules that banned internet providers from blocking content or interfering with online traffic.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’