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PNS Daily Newscast - January 23, 2018. 


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A new coalition is suggesting a new purpose for on-air frequencies no longer used by television stations to bring high speed Internet to rural areas. (jarmoluk/Pixabay)

HERMISTON, Ore. – A new coalition is launching an effort to bring high-speed Internet to places that need it most – rural communities in Oregon and across the country. Connect Americans Now is made up of rural advocacy groups, Internet service providers and technology companies such as

The FCC has proposed undoing regulations for internet service providers, a move some say could dismantle net-neutrality rules. (Maria Merkulova/Free Press)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Internet users are asking the Federal Communications Commission not to hit "undo" on net neutrality today, with a day of action to save the Internet. Even companies such as Facebook, Amazon and Google are getting in on the action, bringing awareness to the issue of a free and open

The Muslim Educational Trust hosts panel discussions and other events regularly to promote understanding between people of different faiths. (Muslim Educational Trust)

PORTLAND, Ore. - This Sunday is the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, and American-Muslim communities across the country still face a backlash. Hate crimes against Muslims in the U.S. have risen, according to the FBI, even as hate crimes against other communities have decreased. Saha

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

PHOTO: Watchdog groups say a proposal to allow some Internet users faster speeds for higher prices runs counter to the Internet's purpose as an open forum for ideas and information. Photo credit: Ronstik/iStockphoto.com

PORTLAND, Ore. - Creating a "pay to play" system runs counter to what the Internet has been from the beginning, according to a watchdog group. Norman Solomon, co-founder of RootsAction.org, said thousands of people are signing petitions protesting a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposal t

WASHINGTON, D. C. - Is it simply a way to crack down on the pirating of music and movies, or a measure that could lead to online censorship and the end of Internet freedom? The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House, and a similar measure in the Senate, are raising red flags. The House bil

EUGENE, Ore. - At the Oregon AFL-CIO's annual conference that began on Sunday, one of the liveliest events is expected to be Tuesday's debate featuring candidates for the First Congressional District, the seat vacated by Rep. David Wu. Three Democrats - current state Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian,

PORTLAND, Ore. - The much-publicized AT&T merger with T-Mobile is not a "done deal;" it will likely be year's end before a decision is made on whether to allow the two companies to create a telecommunications giant. In the meantime, many are speculating about what it could mean for both companies' c

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