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DENVER - Having access to a telephone landline in Colorado is something we take for granted, but today state lawmakers are considering legislation that could change that. Taken together, four bills (HB 1328-1331) being heard today would reallocate money used for landline maintenance, remove regulati ...Read More

PHOTO: Ellen Read says she pushed hard in Newmarket, N.H., to get the town council to take up a resolution against the Citizens United decision. Photo credit: Ellen Read

LYME, N.H. – At annual town meetings across New Hampshire this week, citizens are voting on resolutions supporting a constitutional amendment to overturn a U.S. Supreme Court decision called Citizens United that has allowed billions of dollars from special interests to flow into election campa ...Read More

PHOTO: Facebook will now allow users to flag posts they suspect violate its new policy regarding the sale of guns, alcohol, drugs or adult products. Image courtesy of Moms Demand Action.

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The social media gun show has new rules, and one group of Michigan moms is pleased with the changes. Facebook is cracking down on the sale of guns, blocking minors from seeing those posts and deleting those that don't require a background check or cross state lines. Li ...Read More

PHOTO: At an event in Chicago today, international privacy and encryption experts will discuss how Illinoisans can protect themselves from online surveillance. Photo credit: morgue file.

CHICAGO - In the age of mobile phones, laptops and tablets, privacy experts have warned that government and commercial entities are able to monitor and collect data on almost anyone. International experts will gather at a conference today at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law to teach students and jour ...Read More

PHOTO: This month, Connecticut became the 15th state to allow residents to register to vote online. Photo credit: @mlcliff

HARTFORD, Conn. - Don't wait until the summer, when you may be on vacation and miss the deadline. Thanks to a new change in state law, Connecticut residents can now register online to vote. For those who want to cast a ballot in the primary election for this year's governor's race, there's still ple ...Read More

Critics of a Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger worry about its effect on Internet access and customer choice. Photo courtesy of publicdomainpictures.net.

PHILADELPHIA - It's a $45 billion deal that would make Philadelphia-based Comcast the driving force in cable TV. But some groups have concerns about how the company's merger with Time Warner Cable will affect broadband Internet access, especially in underserved areas, according to Craig Aaron, presi ...Read More

PHOTO: There’s a Maryland House hearing today on a bill (HB 447) that would place a moratorium on selling a new type of phone service that replaces traditional landlines - until a study of the pros and cons is completed by the Public Service Commission. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The telecom industry has been moving away from traditional landlines for several years, offering consumers services that are similar to landlines but are really wireless-based. There are differences, and there's a Maryland House hearing today on a bill (HB 447), which would place a ...Read More

PHOTO:  Kentucky leaders say high-speed, high-capacity broadband is the path to increasing opportunities in rural parts of the state. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

HAZARD, Ky. - Educators say bringing high-speed, high-capacity broadband Internet to rural parts of the state is "critically important" to improving opportunities for students and the region as a whole. Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., have promised to build a "Super I way" into ...Read More

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