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All Wisconsin calls will require dialing the area code

Oct. 23, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Starting Sunday people in Wisconsin will have to dial local numbers using 10 digits — the area code and the seven-digit phone number. Currently, people in Wisconsin can place a call to a number in the same area code without dialing the area code. ...

Wisconsin lawmaker returns to work after bout of COVID-19

Oct. 14, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin legislator returned to work Thursday for the first time since COVID-19 left him breathing through a ventilator. Republican Sen. Andre Jacque, of De Pere, was hospitalized Aug. 16 after testing positive for the coronavirus and testifying...

California extends tax on phones to fund high-speed internet

Oct. 08, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians could have higher cellphone bills after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two laws on Friday aimed at giving the state more money to build high-speed internet connections in unserved areas. California is one of 41 states that collect a tax...

Milley defends calls to Chinese at end of Trump presidency

Sep. 29, 2021 00:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer told Congress that he knew former President Donald Trump wasn't planning to attack China and that it was his job to reassure the Chinese of this in the phone calls that have triggered outrage from some lawmakers. ...

Milley defends calls to Chinese at end of Trump presidency

Sep. 28, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer told Congress on Tuesday that he knew former President Donald Trump wasn't planning to attack China and that it was his job to reassure the Chinese of this in the phone calls that have triggered outrage from some lawmakers. ...

Lithuanian agency warns against use of Chinese-made phones

Sep. 22, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuanian cybersecurity experts are urging the country's government agencies to abandon the use of Chinese smartphone brands after an investigation identified security vulnerabilities and censorship concerns with certain devices. Lithuania’s...

North Dakota petitions to keep a single area code

Sep. 20, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakotans are accustomed to seven digit phone dialing because the entire state is under the 701 area code. State officials want to keep it that way. North Dakota is projected to run out of numbers under the 701 area code by 2026. So the...

SKorea to fine Google $177M for forcing software on devices

Sep. 14, 2021 04:34 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s competition watchdog plans to fine Google at least 207.4 billion won ($177 million) for allegedly blocking smartphone makers like Samsung from using other operating systems, in what would be one of the country's biggest antitrust penalties ever. ...

Maine delegation wants 207 to stay state's only area code

Aug. 13, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's congressional delegation wants the Federal Communications Commission to keep the Pine Tree State as a one-area-code state. All of Maine is served by the 207 area code. The four members of the delegation said 207 phone numbers are projected...

Avant to pay Massachusetts $1.6m in debt settlement

Aug. 12, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Avant, a Chicago-based loan service provider has to pay Massachusetts $1.6 million to settle allegations that it used abusive debt collection practices against its consumers. The settlement was filed on Tuesday by Attorney General Maura Healey, whose...