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Phone companies get new tools to block spam calls:


Phone companies will have greater authority to block unwanted calls from reaching customers as regulators adopted new rules to combat automated messages known as robocalls. Rules adopted Thursday ...


FCC scales back broadband program for low-income Americans:


The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to begin scaling back a program designed to help low-income Americans access the internet. The federal Lifeline program, established in 1985, ...


Wave Broadband brings gigabit-speed internet to all customers in Washington, Oregon, California :


More ultra-high-speed internet is coming to a home near you. Kirkland internet company Wave Broadband https://residential.wavebroadband.com/ is enabling gigabit download speed for all its customers ...
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FCC Proposal Will Let Carriers Provide Worse Broadband, Advocates Say:


Advocacy groups have petitioned the agency to vote against a proposal permitting carriers to cut costs when updating legacy networks. Consumer watchdog groups have warned the Federal Communications ...


Rural Trump Voters About to Be Screwed by FCC:


Smaller rural ISPs will be pushed aside and not provided access to help out rural consumers. This is an important time for rural voters to reach out to members of the FCC to alert them that they are ...


Tech companies pushed for net neutrality. Now Sen. Al Franken wants to turn it on them.:


For years, tech companies have insisted that they're different from everything else. Take Facebook, which has long claimed that it's a simple tech platform, not a media entity. "Don't be evil," Google ...


How Verizon and Comcast are working to ensure states don't pass their own net neutrality bills:


Some of the nation's biggest Internet providers want to make sure that, once the Federal Communications Commission votes to deregulate the broadband industry, states won't be able to set up their own, ...


Governor Brown Signs Internet for All Law:


This bill would revise the goal of the program to provide that its goal is to approve funding by December 31, 2022, for infrastructure projects that will provide broadband access to no less than 98% of ...


Colorado Divide: Broadband gaps threaten to leave rural areas in the dust of digital age:




San Francisco Just Took a Huge Step Toward Internet Utopia:


Last week, San Francisco became the first major city in America to pledge to connect all of its homes and businesses to a fiber optic network. I urge you to read that sentence again. It's a ray of ...


City-Owned Internet Network May Become a Reality for San Francisco:




'Rate your experience at Albertsons' your phone says. How did they know you were there?:


The advertising strategy -- making use of what's known as "geofencing" -- is a way marketers are trying to reach a broader audience. The technology targets people with GPS activated on their smartphones ...


Rural companies connecting neighbors through New York state broadband program:


New York's Broadband for All program hopes to bring broadband speed internet to the entire state https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/BroadbandMaps.pdf by the end of 2018. ...


Democrats are pushing a $40 billion plan to bring the best Internet access to rural America:


The Democratic Party is making high-speed Internet access a new plank in its economic agenda as it tries to regain trust among middle-class Americans in the country's heartland. Democratic lawmakers ...


New Report Details Gaps in Broadband Subscription Rates Across Country:


A key to economic success in rural Montana is high speed broadband at competitive prices. *** The Brookings Institution has mapped broadband availability and subscription rates at the neighborhood ...


Your Internet isn't getting any faster, but the government might soon call it 'high-speed' anyway:


Is the government doing a good enough job getting Internet access to the people? Until recently, the government's own assessment was no -- things could be better for many Americans fed up with slow ...


This Sinclair-Tribune Merger Is a Rotten Deal for America:


What's to be done about 'the most dangerous company most Americans haven't heard of?' BY MICHAEL WINSHIP http://billmoyers.com/story/sinclair-tribune-merger-rotten-deal/ Sinclair Broadcast ...


American Bar Association Legal Fact Check website launched to help public sort fact from fiction:


"In a world with multiple sources of information, it is often difficult to distinguish between fact and opinion," said ABA President Hilarie Bass in a press release. "Through our new ABA Legal Fact Check ...


When annoying ads hijack your internet browser, here is how to shut them down:




FCC's Broken Comments System Could Help Doom Net Neutrality:


This past April, the Federal Communications Commission invited the American people to weigh in on whether the federal government should roll back the rules currently in place to protect net neutrality. ...


Apple's call for 'strong' net neutrality rules is a hint about the future of its business:


Apple has broken its silence on net neutrality with a first-ever filing on the issue at the Federal Communications Commission, urging regulators to avoid repealing large swaths of the regulations that ...


Senator Gillibrand announces legislation to bring broadband connections to rural areas:


Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand stood before a crowd at the Fonda-Fultonville Elementary School on Thursday and said, "reliable fast internet service isn't a luxury anymore, it's actually a necessity." Gillibrand ...


Who has the right to rule? Montana tech companies push Congress for rules protecting open Internet:


Two communication firms and a technology-based startup asked Montana's congressional delegation on Tuesday to make permanent federal laws that keep the Internet free and open to all users, and to ensure ...


Montana Internet providers urge Tester, Daines to back net neutrality:


Since its inception, the Internet has thrived on a single concept: a free and open platform available to all users. There is no censorship, no fast lanes or slow, and no tampering of download speeds ...


Governor Bullock Announces Enhanced Communications Infrastructure for Montana's First Responders:


FirstNet opt-in will provide immediate access to additional communications capabilities for first-responders across Montana Governor Steve Bullock today announced the State of Montana will participate ...


Senators introduce bipartisan bill to bring high speed wireless to rural America:


A pair of senators introduced bipartisan legislation on Tuesday that aims to improve wireless networks in underserved rural areas of America. In Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Maggie Hassan's (D-N.H.) ...


Senators introduce bipartisan bill to bring high speed wireless to rural America:


A pair of senators introduced bipartisan legislation on Tuesday that aims to improve wireless networks in underserved rural areas of America. In Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Maggie Hassan's (D-N.H.) ...


Microsoft wants to close broadband gap in rural USA:


Microsoft is tackling the decade-old quandary of limited broadband access in rural America with an ambitious plan to close the gap. Today, company President Brad Smith in a speech in Washington, D.C., ...


Kremlin documents suggest link between cyber giant Kaspersky Lab and Russia spy agency FSB:


U.S. intelligence agencies have turned up the heat in recent days on Kaspersky Lab https://usa.kaspersky.com/ , the Moscow-based cybersecurity giant long suspected of ties to Russia's spying apparatus. Now, ...


I'm Suing New York City to Loosen Verizon's Iron Grip:


Sadly, New York City is far behind Wilson, NC when it comes to ensuring ubiquitous, reasonably priced fiber optic internet access for every resident. A couple of months ago, I interviewed a woman in ...

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