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Wired Wednesday: Robo-Call Blockers Worth Trying

A new FCC ruling limiting robo calls will help quiet your phone, but this helps ensure you won't be bothered

If you’re among the millions of Americans at the end of your rope with automated and unsolicited calls coming into your cell phone or landline each day, help may be on the way. The Federal Communications Commission last week voted to allow cell phone carriers to start automatically blocking many robo-calls by default. But with the problem only expected to…

Sioux Falls Business Prepares for Next Generation of Tower Climbers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Everyday you might listen to the radio, watch TV or use your phone, but you probably don’t think about how you’re able to do that. Sioux Falls Tower And Communications is one of the companies that makes it all possible. They opened their new 25-thousand square foot corporate headquarters and training center today. The new facility has…

FCC Votes Down Obama-era ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules

NEW YORK (AP) – The Federal Communications Commission has voted on party lines to undo sweeping Obama-era “net neutrality” rules that guaranteed equal access to internet. The agency’s Democratic commissioners dissented in the 3-2 vote Thursday. The FCC’s new rules could usher in big changes in how Americans use the internet. The agency got rid of rules that barred companies…

Net-Neutrality Fans Speak Up As FCC Set To Strike Down Rules

NEW YORK (AP) – Everyday folks are talking about net neutrality, a dense and often technical issue that has been argued over for years in tech and telecom circles. That’s because the Federal Communications Commission will vote next Thursday to gut Obama-era rules meant to stop broadband companies such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon from exercising more control over what…

Net Neutrality: Sioux Falls Speaks Up

Even the freezing cold can’t stop 16-year-old Will Howes from fighting for what he believes in. “It’s like open internet as we have it now will cease to exist,” said Howes. Howes organized the Sioux Falls meetup for a national protest to uphold net neutrality, or the idea that internet providers shouldn’t be able to block or favor certain websites…

Internet Service Providers Surprise Net Neutrality Supporters On Protest Day

NEW YORK (AP) – AT&T has a surprise for tech firms and internet activists supporting net neutrality, the principle that bars internet service providers from playing favorites with websites and apps. Although AT&T has fiercely fought the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 rules to enact the principle, it’s backing Wednesday’s “day of action” denouncing AT&T and other ISPs. AT&T says it…

FCC: Over 12,000 911 Calls Failed During AT&T Outage

NEW YORK (AP) – An investigation by the U.S. federal telecom regulator says about 12,600 callers couldn’t reach 911 directly from their cellphones during a five-hour AT&T outage on March 8. A Federal Communications Commission official said Thursday that the outage affected AT&T customers in the Southeast, central U.S. and parts of the Northeast as well as a significant number…