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2016

April

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  • Proposed law would curb robocalls. You'd think phone and cable companies would be doing everything possible to help customers block annoying robocalls. Congresswoman Jackie Speier did.  The Hillsborough Democrat last week introduced the Repeated Objectionable Bothering of Consumers on Phones…
  • Americans are abandoning wired home Internet. Americans as a whole are becoming less likely to have residential broadband, the figures show: They're abandoning their wired Internet for a mobile-data-only diet — and if the trend continues, it could reflect a huge shift in the…
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  • The FCC deserves praise for Lifeline modernization proposal. Statement of Ken McEldowney executive director of Consumer Action, a San Francisco- and Washington, DC-based national consumer advocacy and education membership organization on FCC Vote to Modernize Lifeline to Bring Affordable Broadband Internet to Low-Income…

March

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  • Netflix has been secretly slowing down your videos. Netflix Inc. has long framed itself as the good guy in the fight against Internet service providers — Chief Executive Reed Hastings has described his company as "big believers in the free and open Internet."…
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  • Making technology easier for older people. Indtimidated by digital technology? So was Marian Goldberg, 70, until she went to a Senior Planet Exploration Center in Manhattan, which teaches older adults how to become more comfortable being online. Now, she has learned…
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  • How to break the deadlock over data encryption. Since the 1990s, U.S. law enforcement has expressed concern about “going dark,” roughly defined as an inability to access encrypted communications or data even with a court order. The FBI is engaged in a public…
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  • Obama seeks broadband for 20 million more subscribers. President Obama, backing a plan to connect low-income families to more affordable broadband services, on Wednesday set a goal to get 20 million people subscribed to high-speed Internet by 2020. The announcement underscores the government’s…
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  • Apple: The FBI wants to roll back safeguards. The threat to our personal information is just the tip of the iceberg. Your phone is more than a personal device. In today’s mobile, networked world, it’s part of the security perimeter that protects your…