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Indian court orders top industrialist to pay Ericsson $77M

Feb. 20, 2019 7:20 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Supreme Court on Wednesday found Anil Ambani, the chairman of Reliance Communications, and two of his directors guilty of contempt of court and ordered them to pay 5.5 billion rupees ($77.29 million) owed to Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson. Justices R.F. Nariman and Vineet...

Samsung poised to unveil new phones in bid to revive sales

Feb. 20, 2019 3:07 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Samsung is expected to show off its latest smartphones Wednesday, the latest effort by a phone maker to come up with new features compelling enough to end a sales slump. The new models expected in San Francisco will commemorate the 10th anniversary of Samsung's first smartphone....

Hiker stuck in quicksand at Utah park feared he would die

Feb. 19, 2019 10:45 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man who was stranded for hours in frigid weather with his leg sunk up to the knee in quicksand at a creek in Utah's Zion National Park said Tuesday that he feared he would lose his leg and might die because the quicksand's water was so cold. Ryan Osmun, 34, of Mesa, Arizona, told...

Wyoming senators approve rural broadband sales tax break

Feb. 19, 2019 2:19 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Senate has approved a sales-tax break for companies that provide internet and other telecommunications services to rural areas. The bill heads back to the state House to vote on changes made in the Senate leading up to Tuesday's 17-12 vote of approval. Under the bill,...

Internet providers seek tax break for building out broadband

Feb. 19, 2019 1:45 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Internet service providers are asking the state Legislature to give them a decade-long property tax break on fiber optics they install. Making it more financially appealing to install high-speed internet would help homes, schools, libraries and businesses in undeserved, rural parts of...

Tech to boost city's ability to pinpoint mobile 911 calls

Feb. 19, 2019 2:23 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The city of Washington, D.C., has partnered with a company called RapidSOS to better pinpoint the location of mobile 911 callers. The Washington Post reported Sunday that a majority of District 911 calls are made from cellphones, which don't provide aging and outdated 911 systems with...

China accuses US of trying to block its tech development

Feb. 18, 2019 10:14 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's government on Monday accused the United States of trying to block its industrial development after Vice President Mike Pence said Chinese equipment poses a threat to countries that are rolling out next-generation mobile communications. And in a potential blow to U.S. efforts to rally...

Company agrees to upgrade network after 911 call failures

Feb. 18, 2019 12:24 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A telecommunications company has agreed to upgrade its network in Vermont following a number of equipment failures that resulted in multiple temporary disruptions in emergency 911 services. The state first opened an investigation into Consolidated Communications after service was...

Ex-telecom execs acquitted of paying bribes in Uzbekistan

Feb. 15, 2019 6:53 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Three former executives of telecom company Telia were acquitted Friday of paying bribes in Uzbekistan, with the Swedish court citing lack of evidence. The executives were accused of bribing an Uzbek partner from 2007 to 2010 when Telia, then known as TeliaSonera, set up business...

Democrats question pledges in $26.5B T-Mobile-Sprint deal

Feb. 13, 2019 3:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers challenged top executives of T-Mobile and Sprint on Wednesday over their pledge not to raise prices for wireless services or hurt competition if their $26.5 billion merger goes through. At a hearing by a House committee, the two executives defended the deal, which...