The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s decision to declare broadband Internet access an essential service is long overdue, says the lawyer for an Ottawa advocacy group.The CRTC’s policy decision, delivered in December, says that all Canadian residential and business subscribers should be able to access Internet service with upload speeds of at least 10 megabits per second and download speeds of 50 Mbps. The commission estimates that around 82 per cent of the population are already covered by the new target, most of them in urban areas of the country. In addition to the speed requirements, the CRTC is aiming to make an unlimited data allowance option available for all broadband subscribers, and it also wants the latest mobile wireless technology expanded to as many major transportation roads as possible, as well as homes and businesses. Before the ruling, a local landline telephone was the only CRTC-designated “basic telecommunications … [Read more...] about Focus: Broadband Internet an essential service?
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Early on the morning of Sept. 11, 2006, Joseph Awe was awakened at his home in central Wisconsin by a phone call from a man who told Awe his pub was on fire.Awe, who lived more than 30 miles away, rushed over to find his business—J.J.’s Pub in Harrisville—gutted by flames. Before firefighters and police officially determined the cause, they decided that Awe, then 36, was the primary suspect. He was charged in April 2007 after investigators concluded arson was the cause of the fire.A disabled Gulf War veteran, Awe figured this was all a big mistake and would soon be straightened out. After all, he had nothing to hide.But, according to prosecutors, a $200,000 insurance policy and the fact that the business was losing money were pretty strong motives for charging Awe with arson. Even after Awe was arrested, he was confident the truth would eventually come out in court.And even when he was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison, Awe continued to hold out hope … [Read more...] about Prisoner exonerations are at an all-time high, and it’s not because of DNA testing
In a global economy, tasks done outside regular work hours in the U.S. may occur during business hours where a deal is being negotiated. So some companies have handed out smartphones —once issued only to senior executives—to sales associates, information technology workers and others outside the executive suite.Employees are accessible around the clock, creating the expectation that the company or its clients can reach the employee anytime. And that can run corporations into legal trouble under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.In August, a group of AT&T Services Inc. employees sued the communications giant, claiming they should have been paid for being on call to handle IT service calls. And in 2008, sales associates sued AT&T Mobility in federal court in New York City for back pay and unpaid overtime spent responding to e-mails after work hours. Both cases are pending.Generally, salaried employees are exempt from the FLSA, but nonexempt employees are frequently … [Read more...] about Phone Pay
iWatch News investigative series reveals legacy of corruption that still plagues Bank of America: Part two of a two part series- to read part one: Countrywide Protected Fraudsters by Silencing Whistleblowers, Say Former Employees The mortgage market was struggling in March 2007 when Countrywide promoted Eileen Foster to executive vice president and tapped her to take over the company’s mortgage fraud unit.Home prices were sputtering, borrower defaults were climbing, and the industry leader, Countywide, would soon be forced to ask Bank of America for an infusion of capital to help it keep afloat.The fraud investigation unit was also struggling. The company had laid off several experienced investigators, according to Foster. Those who remained were faced with an ever-growing number of fraud complaints.Foster had roughly two dozen investigators working for her, but only four or five had real investigative chops, Foster says. Many of the rest had been brought … [Read more...] about Executive Fired, Vindicated. Mortgage Industry Tanks, Fraud Continues at Countrywide
The two incidents were connected, authorities said.The gruesome and bizarre chain of events began Sunday afternoon when the man entered the Thriftway grocery store covered in blood and with “what looked like a large kitchen type of knife,” Ernie Roberts, interim police chief in nearby Sandy, Oregon, said Monday in a phone interview. Sandy provides police services for Estacada, which has just 2,600 residents.He was also carrying something that appeared to be a severed human head, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Nate Thompson said.“He didn’t say anything after he was subdued,” Roberts said, adding that at one point before he was arrested the man told someone he was thirsty. “He was in like a catatonic state, wasn’t speaking to anybody. That’s why he was transported to the hospital.”Soon after the attack, someone called 911 to report that a woman’s body was found at a home in Colton, a short drive south of Estacada.Police … [Read more...] about Man Holding Human Head Stabs Worker At Oregon Grocery Store