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Prop 207 legalized marijuana in Arizona and called for social equity in licensing sales. Mayor Regina Romero isn't happy with how equity is playing out.

The Tucson City Council will vote on whether to waive impact fees to coax more affordabie housing as home inventory plummets, after they mull social equity incentives for marijuana businesses. Read more»

Southern Arizona residents not yet in the habit of adding a 520 when making local phone calls have just 10 days to make the change. Starting Oct. 24, 10-digit dialing will be required, to allow for system changes for the new 988 suicide hotline. Read more»

New FCC regulations may have led to a reduction in robocalls, which fell from 87.6 million in Arizona in June to 84.2 million in July. But analysts say phone companies can, and should, do more to cut the number of spam calls.

Robocalls to Arizonans dropped by more than 3 million in July, to about 84.4 million for the month, as the first phase of a new federal mandate took effect that requires phone companies to implement anti-robocall measures. Read more»

On April 24, you’ll need to start a new habit: Dial 10 digits when making a local phone call in the 520 area code. It will be mandatory in October. Here’s what you need to know. Read more»

The Federal Communications Commission awarded broadband licenses to 154 Native American tribes, including 11 in Arizona, ahead of a public auction of the licenses. Winning tribes are required to extend broadband access to at least 80% of the covered areas within five years.

The Federal Communications Commission has granted broadband spectrum licenses to 11 Arizona tribes in what FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called “a major step forward in our efforts to close the digital divide on Tribal lands.” Read more»

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments over the constitutionality of an Arizona law restricting who can deliver ballots for voters unable to leave their homes during an election. Read more»

Trump at a Boeing promotional event in North Carolina, February 2017.

Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is going off Arizona airwaves after the Labor Day holiday, and may not resume television advertising in the Grand Canyon State until early voting begins in early October. Read more»

Kimball Sekaquaotewa, chief technology director of the Santa Fe Indian School, tells the Senate Indian Affairs Committee how students at her school are held back by the lack of internet access at home.

Tribal representatives told a Senate committee Wednesday that the Federal Communications Commission is not doing enough to ease the regulatory burdens that keep Indian Country from getting wireless broadband access. Read more»

Arizona phone numbers got an average of 3 million robocalls every day in the first four months of this year, an 81 percent increase over the same period last year despite efforts to stop them. Phone scams and telemarketing are among the most common complaints to the state attorney general’s office.

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»

Few people know that there are federal safety limits for exposure to the weak radiation emitted by cellphones and other wireless devices. There often is language about this embedded right in our phones, but finding it requires knowing where to look, wading through sometimes five or more steps and then making sense of the technical jargon. Read more»

Repealing Net Neutrality would allow giant chain media to work in concert with internet conglomerates to limit access to independent, alternative, and local news sites, posing a direct threat to independent local journalism. Read more»

The Federal Communications Commission is moving to rein in a low-cost telephone service for low-income customers that critics say will hit Indian Country hard if fully implemented. Read more»

The FCC has eliminated the “main studio rule,” which said TV and radio broadcasters had to have local studios, where viewers or listeners could interact with and communicate with the people who were putting their news on the air. Read more»

Downtown Radio's Jason LeValley

In which Downtown Radio turns two years old, album "hatching" season begins for local bands and Tucson is invaded by a plethora of touring acts. All this and more in your TucsonSentinel.com local weekend music roundup. Read more»

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, who sponsored the bill rescinding Federal Communications Commission rules limiting the ability of Internet service providers to collect and sell customers’ data.

Approving a move initiated by U.S. Jeff Flake, the House voted Tuesday to repeal an Obama-era regulation that would have required internet service providers to get explicit consent before selling customer data, a policy that critics said would have stifled business. Read more»

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