ATT and Comcast say theyve hit new milestone in fight against robocalls

first_img Comment AT&T Comcast Mobile Tech Industry Getty Images One way wireless carriers are working to stop the flood of unwanted robocalls is through authentication systems that verify caller IDs. One drawback so far has been that these systems work only on calls to and from the same provider. On Wednesday, AT&T and Comcast said they’ll offer call authentication between networks later this year. Customers will be able to see verified calls from all participating carrier providers. AT&T and Comcast’s authentication system is the industry’s first to verify calls between separate providers, according to the companies’ release. The two carriers verified calls earlier this month between AT&T’s Phone digital home service and Comcast’s Xfinity Voice home phone service, the companies said in the release. “While authentication won’t solve the problem of unwanted robocalls by itself,” the companies said, “it’s a key step toward giving customers greater confidence and control over the calls they receive.”This comes after the Federal Communications Commission said carrier companies need to implement robust call authentication systems this year. In February, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said companies should get the systems installed by the end of 2019 or the FCC will consider “regulatory intervention.” Share your voice 1 Tagslast_img read more

17 residents flee Gazipur safe home

first_imgSeventeen residents of a government-run safe home in Gazipur fled from the facility overnight cutting the window grills of a room, reports UNB.Authorities on Saturday managed to bring 12 of them back to the safe home – Hefajotider Nirapad Abasan Kendra – after hunting them down from different areas in Gazipur and Mirzapur in Tangail.Search is still on to locate five others who fled the department of women affairs-run safe home at Mogorkhal in Gazipur.A three-member probe committee led by additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Didar Mohammad Maksudul Chowdhury was formed to investigate into the matter.The committee would submit its report in seven working days.State minister for women and children affairs, Meher Afroz Chumki, visited the safe home Saturday after hearing about the incident.last_img read more

BIRMINGHAM Ala AP – The lawyer for a man charg

first_imgBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – The lawyer for a man charged in a Thanksgiving shooting at an Alabama shopping mall says his client wasn’t the instigator in the confrontation, which ended with police shooting and killing another man.Charles Salvagio, an attorney for 20-year-old Erron Brown, made the comments during a news conference Wednesday.Salvagio wouldn’t provide details about the incident. But he says the people involved all knew each other, and that the violence resulted from an “ongoing thing.”Brown’s mother, Ebony Brown, says she’s standing by her son and predicts his name will be cleared.last_img

Kenyas Laptop Project Gets Fresh Funding

first_imgRwanda One Laptop per Child Project Advertisement THE government of Kenya is still keen to deliver laptops for individual children in lower primary. Although the laptop project has been bogged by a protracted court battle over irregular tendering, the government still has the will to deliver on this election pledge.Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich said the project would cost Sh17.4 billion to, “enhance access and transform the educational system through e-Teaching .”The e-learning entails, “laptops for our children, building capacity for teachers and a roll out of computer laboratories to all public schools for classes 4 to 8.” – Advertisement – [related-posts]This means the planned 1.2 laptops for class 1 children could is still be there, although Rotich did not mention the number of children as he revealed that computer labs for upper primary will be built.Free education at both primary and day secondary schools is set to be achieved in the next 3 years at a cost of Sh28.2 billion for day secondary and Sh13.5 billion for primary school.This represents a 33 per cent increased capitation of the current Sh1, 025 in primary schools while day secondary currently at Sh10, 265 will go up by 39 percent.Rotich said: “This would curb the many drop outs in school and also improve the quality of education.” New national schools have been allocated Sh600 million in a move aimed at reducing the high fees charged by these respective schools.TSC has Sh2.3 billion to recruit 5, 000 teachers while teachers’ welfare has Sh2 billion and Sh5.5 billion to promote teachers and implement the remaining phase of commuter allowance.To keep the youths in schools for skills, Sh6.4 billion has been to technical training institutes, Sh55 billion for university education and Sh540 million for village polytechnics instructors, which is farther support to county governments.But the Higher Education Loans Board got Sh5.7 billion which is short of the Sh8.8 billion requested. This amount could cause a reduction to the current Sh35,000 to Sh60,000 loans given out to students.Source: The Starlast_img read more