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South Dakota's KSFY, KDLT merge to become Dakota News Now

Jan. 12, 2020 12:44 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Two of Sioux Falls' largest network affiliates have joined forces to operate as one brand. Gray Television, the owner of KSFY-TV, purchased news station KDLT, merging the two news networks, according to the Argus Leader. Dakota News Now is set to go live Monday. “We have two...

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,...

In this Monday, July 29, 2019, photo, a passerby uses a mobile phone while entering a subway station, in Boston. An anti-robocalls measure signed into law late Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, by President Donald Trump should help reduce the torrent of unwanted calls promising lower interest rates or pretending to be the IRS, though it won't make all such calls disappear. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Trump signs law to reduce robocalls, though they won't end

Dec. 31, 2019 10:38 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An anti-robocalls measure signed into law Monday by President Donald Trump should help reduce the torrent of unwanted calls promising lower interest rates or pretending to be the IRS, though it won't make all such calls disappear. The new law gives authorities more enforcement powers and...

In this Monday, July 29, 2019, photo, a passerby uses a mobile phone while entering a subway station, in Boston. An anti-robocalls measure signed into law late Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, by President Donald Trump should help reduce the torrent of unwanted calls promising lower interest rates or pretending to be the IRS, though it won't make all such calls disappear. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Trump signs law to reduce robocalls, though they won't end

Dec. 30, 2019 11:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An anti-robocalls measure signed into law Monday by President Donald Trump should help reduce the torrent of unwanted calls promising lower interest rates or pretending to be the IRS, though it won't make all such calls disappear. The new law gives authorities more enforcement powers and...

FILE - In this May 4, 2018, file photo a man talks on the phone in a hallway adorned with the palm tree-printed wallpaper at a hotel near the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles. The Senate has passed a bill that cracks down on robocalls, a persistent and costly problem for Americans. The bill has already passed the House and now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Senate passes anti-robocalls bill; Trump expected to sign

Dec. 19, 2019 4:23 PM EST

The Senate approved a bill Thursday to crack down on robocalls, sending to President Donald Trump a measure meant to combat a persistent and costly problem for Americans. The bill, which Trump is expected to sign, would stiffen enforcement and require that phone companies offer free consumer tools to identify and...

NY gov proposes new protections for net neutrality

Dec. 19, 2019 9:06 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants New York to prevent internet providers from favoring some services over over others, and he proposed Thursday what he called the strongest state-level measure to protect what's known as net neutrality. Unveiled as part of the Democratic governor's State of the...

FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2019, file photo, a man uses a cell phone in New Orleans. The Federal Communications Commission is setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline. Once it's implemented, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help, similar to calling 911 for emergencies or 311 for city services. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

Regulators to set up 3-digit suicide hotline number like 911

Dec. 12, 2019 7:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators are setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline in order to make it easier to seek help and reduce the stigma associated with mental health. Once it's implemented, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help, similar to calling 911 for...

Song Liuping, chief legal officer of Huawei, speaks during a press conference at Huawei's campus in Shenzhen in southern China's Guandong Province, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Chinese tech giant Huawei is asking a U.S. federal court to throw out a rule that bars rural phone carriers from using government money to purchase its equipment on security grounds. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Huawei asks court to throw out US telecom funds ban

Dec. 5, 2019 12:04 AM EST

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei is asking a U.S. federal court to throw out a rule that bars rural phone carriers from using government money to purchase its equipment on security grounds. The lawsuit announced Thursday is Huawei Technologies Ltd.’s second legal challenge this year...

In this Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, photo, visitors look at the surveillance cameras and services provided by China's telecoms equipment giant Huawei on display at the China Public Security Expo in Shenzhen, China's Guangdong province. The U.S. Department of Commerce has proposed requiring case-by-case approvals of all purchases of telecommunications equipment in a move likely to hit major Chinese suppliers like Huawei. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

US proposes rules to vet all telecoms-related purchases

Nov. 27, 2019 5:23 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Department of Commerce has proposed requiring case-by-case approvals of all purchases of telecommunications equipment in a move likely to hit major Chinese suppliers like Huawei. The plan issued Tuesday follows President Donald Trump’s order in May declaring a national emergency...

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2018, file photo, a man lights a cigarette outside a Huawei retail shop in Beijing.  The Federal Communications Commission on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 voted, 5-0, to bar U.S. telecommunications providers from using government subsidies to pay for networking equipment from companies that are a threat to national security. The agency says China’s Huawei and ZTE pose such a threat.
 (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

US regulators bar govt telecom funds for Huawei, ZTE

Nov. 22, 2019 9:07 PM EST

U.S. communications regulators have cut off government funding for equipment from two Chinese companies, citing security threats. The Federal Communications Commission also proposed requiring companies that get government subsidies to rip out any equipment from Huawei and ZTE that they already have in place....