Regulators give phone companies new tools to fight robocalls

Tali Arbel | June 6, 2019, The Philadelphia Tribune

NEW YORK — Federal regulators voted Thursday to give phone companies the right to block unwanted calls without getting customers’ permission first.

The Federal Communications Commission’s move could make call-blocking widespread and help consumers dodge annoying robocalls, which have exploded into a problem that pesters Americans on the level of billions of calls a month.

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Despite the odds, House Democrats keep up their fight for internet neutrality

Tracie Mauriello | Thursday, May 17, 2018, Post-Gazette Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON – A day after the U.S. Senate voted to reinstate Obama-era net neutrality rules, U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle is leading an uphill battle on the other side of the Capitol to get the House to follow suit.

Senate Democrats – with the support of three Republicans – used a procedure that allows Congress to reverse regulatory actions by simple majority. The Federal Communications Commission had repealed the net neutrality rules, which prohibited internet service providers from adjusting Internet traffic speeds or web access based on content.

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