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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Post reported Sunday that a majority of District 911 calls are made from cellphones, which don't provide aging and outdated 911 systems with...

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...

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...

The Latest: Democrats question T-Mobile-Sprint merger deal

Feb. 13, 2019 11:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on T-Mobile-Sprint merger hearing (all times local): 11:05 a.m. Democratic lawmakers are challenging a pledge by T-Mobile and Sprint not to raise prices or hurt competition if their $26.5 billion merger goes through. The deal would combine the nation's third- and fourth-largest...

US warns Hungary, other allies to shun business with Huawei

Feb. 11, 2019 2:38 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The United States may be forced to scale back certain operations in Europe and elsewhere if countries continue to do business with the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday in a new warning that underscores U.S. concerns about the...

AP Explains: The promise of 5G wireless - speed, hype, risk

Feb. 11, 2019 12:40 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A much-hyped network upgrade called "5G" means different things to different people. To industry proponents, it's the next huge innovation in wireless internet. To the U.S. government, it's the backbone technology of a future that America will wrestle with China to control. To many average...

Japan tech giant SoftBank reports profit decline

Feb. 6, 2019 2:10 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp. reported Wednesday a 23 percent decline in fiscal third-quarter profit as adjustments in its major investment funds eroded income. SoftBank Group, which has invested in British IoT company ARM and U.S. wireless company Sprint, had...