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    PNS Daily News - February 5, 20150 


    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; another blast of winter weather with snow days that impact more than just learning; a protest underway of child deaths from American drone attacks; and the big chill of 2015 has even ducks in distress.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. - The home-security industry is sounding the alarm about deregulating phone service in the Commonwealth. The Kentucky Senate on Monday approved what's become known as the AT&T bill, making it the first bill to land on the governor's desk this legislative session. The bill frees the b ...Read More

PHOTO: Lakeview is the county seat of Lake County, one of Oregon's least populated areas. Internet service is provided here by small broadband businesses, as the media giants haven't seen it as profitable. Photo courtesy Lake Co. Chamber of Commerce.

LAKEVIEW, Ore. - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to classify the Internet as a public utility, allowing it to be more closely regulated to ensure fairness, or what is known as "net neutrality." But smaller Internet service providers are asking to ...Read More

PHOTO: Activists in Urbana-Champaign say social movements like Black Lives Matter depend on the open Internet as a powerful public voice for social change. A rally on Saturday will support 'net neutrality,' in anticipation of the FCC's scheduled vote next week. Photo credit: Danielle Chynoweth.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — From Snapchat and YouTube to video games and Netflix, the Internet is the go-to source of entertainment for today's generation. But it also has become a critical tool for social change. Next week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to pass rules that w ...Read More

PHOTO: The Illinois Telecommunications Act is up for review this year, and consumer groups are concerned big telecommunication companies will push for the elimination of low-cost home phone service. Photo credit: Jane M. Sawyer/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois consumer groups say they are worried that state lawmakers will allow the cord to be cut on home phone service. The Illinois Telecommunications Act will expire this year. Jim Chilsen, consumer director of communications for the Citizens Utility Board, said the review wil ...Read More

PHOTO: Faster and more abundant broadband Internet service could be extended to rural areas, should a proposal from FCC chair Tom Wheeler ensuring "net neutrality" come to pass. Photo credit: Daniel Friesenecker/Pixabay.

HELENA, Mont. - High-speed, broadband Internet would be classified as a utility under a proposal expected later this month from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). FCC chair Tom Wheeler outlined the plan Wednesday, saying the regulations are needed to keep service providers from blocking a ...Read More

PHOTO: Tom Wheeler (center), chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is seeking to regulate the Internet as a utility in order to ensure "net neutrality" for all Internet users. Photo courtesy of the FCC.

PHOENIX - Internet use in Arizona and across the nation may soon be regulated as a utility. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler announced Wednesday he will seek to have the Internet regulated under Title II of the Communications Act. Whitney Kimball Coe, program associate ...Read More

PHOTO: The FCC chairman proposes treating the Internet like a utility, a move that advocates say could deliver access to rural Kentuckians who cannot get service. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

WHITESBURG, Ky. - The head of the Federal Communications Commission says the Internet should be treated like telephone service, a utility everyone is guaranteed access to. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler calls his proposal "the strongest open Internet protections ever proposed by the FCC." Mimi Pickerin ...Read More

PHOTO: Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler is recommending the strongest open-Internet regulations ever proposed by the agency, which would classify the web the same as any other utility. Photo credit: Blalse Alleyene/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The head of the Federal Communications Commission is proposing to reclassify the Internet the same as a utility, which would improve access for rural Illinoisans. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced yesterday he will seek to have the Internet regulated under Title II of the Com ...Read More

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