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Robocalls hit 3 million a day in Arizona, but help may be on the way

On a typical day in Arizona this year, more than 3 million robocalls were made to phone numbers in the state, an increase of more than 1.4 million a day from just a year earlier.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Letter to business leaders: Step in on PCC's behalf

Pima Community College needs help -- a lot of help. And Tucson business leaders can start by "visualizing and repurposing synergies that achieve a real win-win." ... Read more»3

Five things you should know about proposed FCC privacy rules

It stops Verizon’s zombie cookie in its tracks, but allows AT&T to keep charging customers extra if they want privacy. ... Read more»

NSA black hole: 5 things we still don't know about agency's snooping

Last week saw revelations that the FBI and the National Security Agency have been collecting Americans’ phone records en masse and that the agencies have access to data from nine tech companies. But secrecy around the programs has meant even basic questions are still unanswered. Here’s what we still don’t know.... Read more»

The best stories on the government's growing surveillance

Since 9/11, the government has been collecting enormous amounts of information on citizens. But most of the data grabbing is done in secret. What do we know about what the government knows? Here’s our reading guide to the government's growing surveillance.... Read more»

D-Day for AT&T 4G LTE in 520

AT&T has expanded its 4G LTE network to Tucson, the company said. The mobile network has the potential for speeds up to 10 times that of 3G networks. Competitor Verizon rolled out its Tucson-area 4G network in August 2011, and expanded it to Marana and Vail a few months ago.... Read more»

Cellphone companies have resisted disaster rules

In a natural disaster or other emergency, one of the first things you're likely to reach for is your cellphone. Landlines are disappearing. More than 30 percent of American households now rely exclusively on cellphones. ... Read more»

U.S., Mexico sign agreement on stolen mobile devices

U.S. and Mexican government officials signed an agreement Tuesday aimed at fighting theft and cross-border trafficking of cellular devices by making stolen cell phones and tablets unusable.... Read more»


Gov't tells phone companies to follow low-price rule for schools

Federal regulators are finally telling phone companies how to comply with a rule requiring them to charge bargain prices to schools and libraries. ... Read more»


AT&T, feds neglect low-price school Internet mandate

As schools struggle for funding amid widespread budget cuts, there is growing evidence that a requirement to offer low-price connectivity has been widely neglected by federal regulators and at least one telecom giant.... Read more»

Big companies choosing sides on net neutrality

The principle of net neutrality — the idea that Internet service providers must treat all traffic equally, and not privilege certain content by giving it more, or less, bandwidth — is one the FCC has been more aggressive about implementing under the Obama administration.... Read more»

Who bankrolls Congress?

Do legislators vigorously back the agendas of their top patrons? Find out in this four-part series.... Read more»

Broadband companies to Feds: Keep your stimulus money

The stimulus package offers $7.2 billion in grants to spread high-speed Internet access, but three big players — AT&T, Verizon and Comcast — have decided not to apply for the funds, according to industry sources. ... Read more»