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FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2014, file photo, people pass an AT&T store along New York's Madison Avenue. The nation's largest cellphone providers will pay a combined $116 million under a settlement approved Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in a California lawsuit alleging that they overcharged government customers for wireless services over more than a decade. Verizon will pay $68 million and AT&T Mobility $48 million to settle claims that they violated cost-saving agreements with nearly 300 state and local governments. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Verizon, AT&T reach $116 million California settlement

Sep. 24, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The nation's largest cellphone providers will pay a combined $116 million under a settlement approved Thursday in a California lawsuit alleging that they overcharged government customers for wireless services over more than a decade. Verizon will pay $68 million and AT&T...

Verizon to buy prepaid phone seller Tracfone for up to $6.9B

Sep. 14, 2020 10:46 AM EDT

Verizon, the country's largest phone company, is buying prepaid phone seller Tracfone for up to $6.9 billion, expanding its low-income customer business. Tracfone, a subsidiary of Mexico telecom giant America Movil, is a mobile reseller, the largest in the U.S. It doesn't build its own network, instead paying...

FILE- In this June 19, 2018, file photo a router and internet switch are displayed in East Derry, N.H. Not all that long ago, managing your home network’s security didn’t involve much more than installing an antivirus program on your PC. If only it were still so simple. Home networks are a major target for cybercriminals, who use innocuous smart gadgets as stepping stones to loot data from PCs and phones. Or they may co-opt the simpler devices  into much larger “botnets” that can be used to wreak havoc across the internet.    (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Bring in the experts: It’s time to secure your home network

Sep. 8, 2020 9:24 AM EDT

Not all that long ago, managing your home network’s security didn’t involve much more than installing an antivirus program on your PC. If only it were still so simple. It’s no longer just about protecting the computer on which you may be working from home and the laptops the kids may be...

Samsung wins $6.6 billion Verizon contract for 5G network

Sep. 7, 2020 9:25 PM EDT

Samsung Electronics Co. will develop 5G network infrastructure for Verizon Communications under a $6.65 billion deal announced Monday. The contract runs through 2025, according to a Samsung corporate filing. Samsung and Verizon have worked together before. In 2018, for example, Samsung technology was behind a 5G...

Tucson to use pandemic money to boost Wi-Fi connectivity

Aug. 8, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona's second most populous city plans to use $4.5 million of federal pandemic aid to expand free public Wi-Fi into areas of Tucson most impacted by the digital divide. City Council members who approved the plan last month said it will support the needs of citizens and help them...