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Alaska considering early close for telephone, internet fund

Sep. 13, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska regulators are considering whether the state should continue replenishing a rural telephone and internet service fund or shut it down, a report said. The Alaska Universal Service Fund is losing money and has already been scheduled for closure in 2023, The Anchorage Daily...

NC senator apologizes after reporter says he was assaulted

Sep. 11, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina state senator has apologized after an online news reporter said the lawmaker assaulted him within the Legislative Building and threw his phone. NC Policy Watch says reporter Joe Killian was covering the budget override debate on Wednesday when he heard screaming behind...

Court strikes down Montana law barring political robocalls

Sep. 10, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Montana can't ban political robocalls based on their content alone, marking the latest in a string of court decisions against U.S. states that attempt to restrict automated phone calls promoting political campaigns. A three-judge panel of the...

Cable providers hit Maine over a la carte law

Sep. 10, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Major cable providers are suing Maine over its new law requiring subscribers to have the option of purchasing access to individual cable channels. The Bangor Daily News reports operators, including Comcast, sued Maine and 17 municipalities to delay and throw out a law effective Sept....

Landline phones back in Kashmir, but calls don't go through

Sep. 5, 2019 11:04 PM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The government in Indian-administered Kashmir said landline telephone service has been restored a month into a near-total communications blackout and security lockdown while India's Hindu nationalist-led government downgraded the Muslim-majority region's autonomy. On Thursday, people...

Bangladesh bans cellphone services in Rohingya camps

Sep. 3, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's telecommunications regulatory body has asked operators to shut down cellphone services in sprawling camps in the southeast where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar live, citing a security threat and illegal phone use, an official said Tuesday....

Michigan school districts locking away digital distractions

Sep. 2, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

BERKLEY, Mich. (AP) — It was an unscientific experiment by administrators at Anderson Middle School: Take smartphones away from students at lunchtime on Fridays and watch what happens. "We found student interaction increased significantly and kids seemed to be much less anxious without their phones and all...

Revenge porn, abortion laws among new laws taking effect

Sep. 1, 2019 8:43 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will clamp down on so-called revenge porn, take aim at scam phone calls from fake numbers and impose new requirements on abortion providers under new state laws that go into effect Sunday. The new laws officially go on the books three months after this year's legislative...

Vermont schools work to find ways to manage cellphone usage

Aug. 29, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Middle and high schools in Vermont are grappling with how to manage students' cellphone usage. Schools across the state have varying approaches ranging from limiting usage in classrooms to banning phones entirely. Last year, Essex Middle School banned students from using their...

King, senators want to crack down on cellphone fraud

Aug. 19, 2019 6:11 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's independent senator is among a group of lawmakers calling on the Federal Communications Commission's chairman to do more to combat cellphone fraud. Sen. Angus King says Chairman Ajit Pai should take action "to protect and educate consumers on the issue of cellphone fraud and...