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James T. Brett

Congress must act to ensure digital equity

In our 21st-century modern society, the importance of high-speed internet for every individual and household cannot be understated. Internet access enables people to search...
Joan 
Donovan

Despite FCC ban, AI-powered deep fakes loom over elections

The Federal Communications Commission this month outlawed robocalls that use voices generated by artificial intelligence. The 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection Act bans artificial voices in...
CONNECTORS: Jennifer Hawkins, left, CEO and president of the nonprofit ONE Neighborhood Builders, and David Marble, CEO and president of OSHEAN Inc., check new network antennae on the roof of ONE Neighborhood Builders’ Providence headquarters. The antennae are helping to provide free Wi-Fi to residents in the Olneyville neighborhood. 
PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Olneyville’s free internet narrows digital divide 

During a pandemic Zoom meeting from home, Jennifer Hawkins had a revelation. The CEO and president of the nonprofit ONE Neighborhood Builders felt guilty for...
SIGN OF THE TIMES: Gary Wallace is the owner of Hall of GraFX, a printing shop in Providence that has produced campaign materials for candidates, such as this banner for Gonzalo Cuervo, who finished second in the Providence mayoral primary on Sept. 13.
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MICHAEL SALERNO

THE CAMPAIGN ECONOMY: Election season provides stimulus for many businesses

Forget summer vacation, Gary Wallace hasn’t even had a day off in the last six weeks. That’s what happens when you own a print shop...
FEELING WARY: Steven M. Parente, executive vice president and director of retail banking for Bank Rhode Island, says the bank has taken steps to prevent scammers from tricking customers who use a peer-to-peer payment platform. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

A bank phishing scam that hooks younger customers

The nightmare begins with a text message that appears to come from the bank, alerting the customer to a suspicious, unauthorized transaction. Thousands of dollars...

Thundermist awarded $128K federal grant for telehealth program

PROVIDENCE – A federal grant awarded to Thundermist Health Center last week will help fund telehealth services at the health care provider, which has...
A U.S. APPEALS COURT has upheld a FCC rollback of regulations pertaining to broadband internet commonly known as "net neutrality" rules. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DHIRAJ SINGH

FCC’s gutting of Obama-era net neutrality rules upheld by court

WASHINGTON – A United States appeals court upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to gut Obama-era “net neutrality” rules, handing a victory to broadband...
THE FCC authorized carriers to automatically identify and block unwanted robocalls by using analytics that home in on sources of large bursts of calls, or place calls of brief duration, or other means. The measure applies to both landline and wireless telephone systems. Above, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/STEFAN WERMUTH

The FCC just voted to stop `scourge’ of robocalls. Will it...

NEW YORK - The United States Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to help shield you from those unwanted telemarketers and scammers who warn...

Tribune files $1B suit against Sinclair as deal scrapped

NEW YORK -Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.’s bid to become a nationwide powerhouse collapsed as Tribune Media Co. withdrew from a planned merger that drew...

For Sinclair, ruling on TV limits may be too late for...

NEW YORK - A U.S. appeals court rejected on technical grounds a challenge to Federal Communications Commission ownership rules that could ease the path...
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