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Germany gives investigators more tools against child porn

Jan. 17, 2020 5:12 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German parliament on Friday approved legislation that will allow investigators to use computer-generated child pornography to gain access to suspect internet portals. The Justice Ministry said that investigators will need a court's approval to use the technique and will only be allowed to...

Report: Town has fifth slowest internet speed in the nation

Jan. 11, 2020 12:01 AM EST

VILLE PLATTE, La. (AP) — When Abby Rogers moved from Lafayette to Ville Platte four years ago, she knew life would move at a different pace. As she puts it, the town of 7,400 in Evangeline Parish is a cliche, slow-moving rural town complete with a Main Street where Rogers opened her antiques store,...

Mills, Democrats unveil health care bill as lawmakers return

Jan. 8, 2020 10:31 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Janet Mills and Democratic legislative leaders unveiled a health care proposal Wednesday aimed at reducing costs for primary care visits and combining markets to lower health care costs as lawmakers returned to work. The bill would let Maine manage parts of the exchange under the...

Joel Gamoran, of Yummly, demonstrates the Whirlpool Yummly temperature gauge at the CES Unveiled media preview event, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Las Vegas. The smart thermometer consists of a probe and a dock, which communicate to each other and to the Yummly mobile app via Bluetooth, monitoring the temperature of the food and the temperature inside the oven. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Kitchens get smarter at CES tech show, not yet in many homes

Jan. 8, 2020 4:26 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tell your refrigerator about your dietary preferences and it’ll concoct a recipe plan for the coming week, sending a shopping list to your smartphone when it notices you’ve run out of the right ingredients. Counter-top robotic arms help chop veggies. Artificially intelligent...

Municipalities to vote on forming broadband districts

Jan. 7, 2020 4:24 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — More than 35 Vermont municipalities are expected to vote on the formation of communications union districts on Town Meeting Day in March. Communications union districts are municipal organizations that allow the town or city to borrow money or apply for grants and loans to install...

A man checks his cellphone outside a media facilitation centre in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir will restore text messaging services in the disputed region on Wednesday, almost five months after India’s government downgraded its semi-autonomy and imposed a strict security and communications lockdown, an official said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

India to restore text messaging services in Kashmir

Dec. 31, 2019 8:06 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir will restore text messaging services in the disputed region on Wednesday, almost five months after India’s government downgraded its semi-autonomy and imposed a strict security and communications lockdown, an official said Tuesday. Local...

Grant to provide broadband access to rural towns

Dec. 28, 2019 9:02 AM EST

WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts utility has received more than $10 million in federal funding to expand fiber-optic broadband internet access to thousands of households in rural western parts of the state. Westfield Gas & Electric will receive the funding over the next decade and distribute it...

Alaska tribes can apply to create broadband, cell networks

Dec. 24, 2019 9:18 AM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Native Alaskan tribes will be able to make applications to establish their own broadband or cellphone networks in an upcoming Federal Communications Commission auction. The agency is auctioning unassigned wireless communication bandwidth in 2020, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner...

Indians shout slogans during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act after Friday prayers outside a mosque in Kolkata, India, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. Police banned public gatherings in parts of the Indian capital and other cities for a third day Friday and cut internet services to try to stop growing protests against a new citizenship law that have left more than 10 people dead and more than 4,000 others detained.  (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

India suspends internet and phone services to quell protests

Dec. 21, 2019 6:05 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian authorities have stepped up phone and mobile internet shutdowns in some parts of the country in an effort to thwart a groundswell of protests over a new citizenship law that excludes Muslims. Student-led protests that have galvanized a large section of the Indian public have been...

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2019 file photo, Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted speaks during a news conference unveiling the STRONG Ohio Bill at the Ohio Department of Public Safety in Columbus, Ohio.  High-speed internet would spread to about 1 million unserved or underserved Ohioans along rural routes and highways previously off-limits to private development under a strategic plan released Thursday, Dec. 19. Husted, who oversees InnovateOhio, said the plan is a necessary step in helping Ohio compete for federal resources that public-private partnerships can use to make needed improvements.  (Joshua A. Bickel/The Columbus Dispatch via AP, File)

Roadway rights in Ohio's plan for more high-speed internet

Dec. 19, 2019 11:01 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — High-speed internet would spread to about 1 million unserved or underserved Ohioans along rural routes and highways previously off-limits to private development under a strategic plan released Thursday. If approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the aggressive blueprint for...