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PNS Daily Newscast - July 20, 2018.  


Trump now wants Putin to visit the White House this fall; Also on the Friday rundown: health insurance rates to rise by almost 9 percent in California; and as the climate crises reaches “Zero Hour” young people take a stand.

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Public News Service - KY: Media Reform

Current consumer Internet protections are slated to expire June 11. (Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Supporters of a free and open Internet in Kentucky are making a last ditch plea to federal lawmakers to save net neutrality. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote Wednesday on a Congressional Review Act resolution to block the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal o

Affordable access to high-speed internet is being threatened by an FCC proposal, say advocates for consumers. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission wants to redefine broadband by lowering the standard for speed, a move advocates for affordable access say will hurt many Kentuckians. The regulatory agency currently defines home broadband at 25 megabits per second. FCC chair A

An online protest, calling on the FCC to not ditch net neutrality, is scheduled for Wednesday. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After winning the battle for open Internet rules two years ago, net neutrality advocates are hoping a wave of public comments can help them keep the rules in place. Net Neutrality Day of Action this Wednesday is an online protest of the Federal Communications Commission's re

Advocates for net neutrality worry that under the Trump administration, the Federal Communications Commission may reverse course on its rules to treat the Internet like a utility. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) guaranteed equal access to the Internet two years ago, when the regulatory agency passed net neutrality, backed by the Obama administration. Nearly 4 million public comments helped cement the open Internet rules. But will they survi

Broadband will be added next month as an option for lower-income Kentuckians who qualify for Lifeline, the government program that subsidizes telecommunications services. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – In March, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to modernize its Lifeline program, which offers lower-income households a discount on one telecommunications service. Broadband becomes a choice Dec. 2. Eligible consumers currently can apply their subsidy to voice s

A win in federal court for consumers, say advocates of net neutrality. (Greg Stotelmyer)

WHITESBURG, Ky. – A federal court has upheld the Federal Communication Commission's decision to treat the Internet like a utility – a victory for consumers say advocates of net neutrality. The 2-to-1 ruling came Tuesday from the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. Marty Newell

PHOTO: Congressional Republicans are banking on the budget bill to block the Federal Communications Commission from implementing its net neutrality rules, but supporters say that would be a blow to consumers, particularly in rural areas, who deserve a level playing field. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided earlier this year to treat the Internet like telephone service, it was hailed by supporters of net neutrality as a way to close the so-called "digital divide" between rural and urban areas. However, Republicans in Congr

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

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