Stories by Anne Flaherty

Thursday, June 18, 2015

FCC gives phone companies green light to stop robocalls

The Federal Communi­ca­tions Commission on Thur­sday agreed that Verizon, AT&T and other telecommunication carriers aren't duty-bound to connect "robocalls" if a consumer doesn't ...
By Anne Flaherty

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

AT&T to fight record $100 million fine

WASHINGTON - AT&T Mobility LLC has been slapped with a record $100 million fine for offering consumers "unlimited" data, but then slowing their Internet speeds.
By Anne Flaherty

Monday, June 8, 2015

Government to erase debt for Corinthian Colleges students

The federal government will erase much of the debt of students who attended the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges as part of a new plan that could cost taxpayers as much as $3.6 billion.
By Anne Flaherty

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Robocalls on rise

The Federal Communications Commission has been asked to consider the question of whether phone companies could do more to stop the onslaught of "robocalls," the automated phone calls favored by ...
By Anne Flaherty

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

YouTube Kids app criticized as deceiving

YouTube Kids app uses deceptive advertising, says consumer groups who urge FTC investigation.
By Anne Flaherty

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

GOP: Aides meddled in net neutrality

WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans on Tuesday accused the FCC of bowing to White House pressure on its "net neutrality" decision, which has angered the nation's cable and wireless giants. 
By Anne Flaherty

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

Regulators OK 'net neutrality' rules for Internet providers

WASHINGTON — Internet service providers now must act in the “public interest” when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under rules approved Thursday.
By Anne Flaherty

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

FCC chairman proposes 'net neutrality' rules

Declaring the Internet critical for the nation, a top U.S. regulator on Wednesday proposed an unprecedented expansion of federal power to ensure providers don't block or slow web traffic for ...
By Anne Flaherty

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014

Mobile apps still collect data on kids

A landmark 2013 law aimed at protecting the privacy of America's youngest mobile consumers hasn't stopped app developers from collecting vast amounts of data.
By Anne Flaherty

Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

Obama wants more regulation of Internet providers

Obama calls for ban on Internet 'fast lanes,' tougher regulation of Internet providers.
By Anne Flaherty

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014

Online resources cater to high schoolers studying college options

WASHINGTON - For many high school seniors, fall means deciding where to apply for college and maybe visiting a guidance counselor. Data crunchers hope to help.
By Anne Flaherty

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

FTC says Gerber made false claim on formula

WASHINGTON - Baby-food maker Gerber is being accused by the government of claiming falsely that its Good Start Gentle formula can prevent or reduce allergies in children.
By Anne Flaherty

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Should on-line account die with you?

Should your e-mails, Web albums and other online accounts die when you do? Or should you be able to pass them down to a family member?
By Anne Flaherty

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

FTC accuses T-Mobile of bogus charges

WASHINGTON - T-Mobile US knowingly made hundreds of millions of dollars off its customers in potentially bogus charges, federal regulators alleged.
By Anne Flaherty

Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013

Apps for babies entertaining, not educational

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood is urging federal regulators to examine the marketing practices of Fisher-Price's "Laugh & Learn" mobile apps and Open Solutions' games.
By Anne Flaherty

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Surveillance costs taxpayers millions

Paid for by U.S. tax dollars, but with little public scrutiny, surveillance fees charged in secret by technology and phone companies can vary wildly.
By Anne Flaherty
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Richmond County elementary schools lead in weapons cases

There were more weapons-related incidents in Richmond County elementary schools during the 2014-15 school year than at middle or high schools, with the weapons ranging from blunt objects to handguns.
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