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With billions to spend, feds unsure who lacks broadband

Apr. 15, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

There is a way around the notoriously sluggish internet in West Virginia. You just need a car and some time. Kelly Povroznik can tell you, when she happens to get a good signal. She teaches an online college course so hampered by unreliable connections that she has had to drive a half-hour to her brother's place...

FCC to hold big 5G auction, spend $20B for rural internet

Apr. 12, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government will hold a massive auction later this year to bolster 5G service , the next generation of mobile networks. President Donald Trump showcased the announcement Friday, declaring that the race to stand up these faster, more powerful networks is a competition "America must...

The Latest: Trump says America must win race to build 5G

Apr. 12, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and 5G next generation mobile networks (all times local): 2:45 p.m. President Donald Trump says the race to build 5G is one America must win. Trump said Friday at the White House that building high-speed networks across the United States will transform...

In a first for NH, town pays to get fiber broadband for all

Apr. 9, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

CHESTERFIELD, N.H. (AP) — Since the days when 1,200 baud modems were called "fast," New Hampshire has been lamenting how hard it is to get good online service outside of cities. Chesterfield, a small town on the Connecticut River west of Keene, might have found the way to finally make it happen....

Bill requiring cities to report occupation taxes advances

Apr. 8, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska cities would have to issue public reports on how they're collecting and using occupation taxes under a bill advanced by lawmakers. Senators gave first-round approval Monday to the bill designed to increase transparency around the taxes. Occupation taxes are levied on a variety...

S. Korea launches 5G smartphone networks ahead of schedule

Apr. 5, 2019 2:24 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's telecommunications carriers turned on super-fast 5G mobile internet networks abruptly ahead of schedule in an attempt to ensure the country becomes the first in the world to launch the services. The carriers say 5G-enabled smartphones are capable of downloading data...

Australia could jail social media execs for showing violence

Apr. 4, 2019 3:25 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's Parliament passed legislation on Thursday that could imprison social media executives if their platforms stream real violence such as the New Zealand mosque shootings. Critics warn that some of the most restrictive laws about online communication in the democratic...

Louisiana makes deal to keep CenturyLink HQ through 2025

Apr. 3, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — CenturyLink will keep its headquarters in Louisiana through 2025 as the telecommunications company and state officials have made a new deal, news outlets reported. CenturyLink CEO Jeff Storey and Gov. John Bel Edwards finalized the agreement Tuesday for Louisiana's largest public company...

China's premier meets New Zealand's leader amid 5G dispute

Apr. 1, 2019 5:41 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang urged New Zealand to provide a "fair, transparent, convenient" investment environment in a meeting Monday with the country's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, that comes amid a dispute over use of Chinese telecoms equipment. Relations between the two countries have...

To imagine the '5G' future, revisit our recent wireless past

Mar. 29, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The mobile industry is cranking up its hype machine for sleek new "5G" networks that it says will make your phone and everything else faster and wonderful. If you believe the marketing. But no one can really say how 5G will change your life; many of the apps and services that will exploit...