Latest Telecommunications News

Brief, global internet outages blamed on software bug

Jun. 17, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A software bug at a major network provider briefly knocked dozens of financial institutions, airlines and other companies across the globe offline during peak business hours in Asia. Akamai, which runs one of the internet's main content-delivery systems,...

Glacier National Park considers radio, cell signal upgrades

Jun. 14, 2021 20:47 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Public review has begun for a proposal to boost radio and cellphone service in Glacier National Park in Montana, park officials said. The deadline to comment is July 11. The proposal calls for upgrades to communications from the National Park...

Columbia, Joplin win millions in lawsuit against CenturyLink

Jun. 12, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The city of Columbia should receive nearly $54 million after a long legal battle with a telecommunications company over unpaid taxes, a judge has ruled. A ruling from St. Louis County Circuit Judge Ellen Ribaudo last week also awarded the city of...

$15-a-month internet law on hold in New York, judge rules

Jun. 11, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York cannot require internet providers to offer broadband service for low-income customers for as little as $15-a-month starting next week, a federal judge ruled on Friday. The low-income broadband consumers law passed in the state budget in...

CenturyLink seeks to ease Minnesota landline repair rules

Jun. 09, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Telecommunications company CenturyLink has asked Minnesota utility regulators to ease a decades-old rule that requires it to give priority for repairs to landline customers, saying the requirement is obsolete in an era dominated by broadband communications. ...

Sprint fined $50,000 for overcharging Omaha cell phone users

Jun. 09, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska regulators have fined Sprint $50,000 for overcharging all of its cell phone customers in Omaha for several years. The Nebraska Public Service Commission said the overcharges to help pay for 911 emergency services affected more than 77,000...

EXPLAINER: Just how vulnerable is the internet?

Jun. 08, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — An outage at a little-known firm that speeds up access to websites knocked a lot of top internet destinations offline on Tuesday, disrupting business and leisure for untold millions globally. The problem was quickly resolved. The company, Fastly, blamed a configuration error...

Huawei rolls out its own operating system to smartphones

Jun. 02, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Huawei launched its own HarmonyOS mobile operating system on its handsets on Wednesday as it adapts to having lost access to Google mobile services two years ago after the U.S. put the Chinese telecommunications company on a trade blacklist. The...

Kenyan arrested in Qatar first targeted by phishing attack

May. 30, 2021 21:22 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Kenyan security guard now facing charges in Qatar after writing compelling, anonymous accounts of being a low-paid worker there found himself targeted by a phishing attack that could have revealed his location just before his arrest, analysts say. ...

$750M in virus aid for NC broadband expansion OK'd by House

May. 26, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina House unanimously approved legislation on Wednesday that aims to spend $750 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to install high-speed internet in rural and remote areas lacking it. The legislation would set aside $350...