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One of the greenest data centers on Earth is located about 25 miles north of downtown Buffalo in Niagara County. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports, it's undergoing another expansion and creating more jobs.

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The Oath data center in Lockport, which is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Verizon Communications, is planning on adding a third facility to its already 250-member workforce.

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T-Mobile and Sprint have reached a "definitive agreement" to merge in an all-stock deal, which would create a new company with a total value of $146 billion, based on current stock prices.

Every user who had a Yahoo account in August 2013 was likely affected by its massive hack, the company's parent, Verizon, said Tuesday.

This latest disclosure triples the number of accounts compromised by the major 2013 data breach that the company disclosed late last year. At the time, Yahoo said hackers had stolen data associated with 1 billion user accounts; the new disclosure escalates that number to 3 billion.

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The race for Erie County Comptroller is heating up. The incumbent is being blasted by his challenger for allegedly costing county taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.


Verizon Wireless is being accused of violating net neutrality rules. Last week, customers using service speed test tools claimed that in some instances the speed at which they were able to steam Netflix was capped.

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Yahoo says hackers stole names, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers from more than 1 billion accounts.

In a statement posted to its website on Wednesday, the company said it had "taken steps to secure user accounts and is working closely with law enforcement."

The statement continued:

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It took the intervention of a U.S. Labor Department arbitrator, but after nearly seven weeks, Verizon workers are headed back to work.

A tentative agreement has been announced for the nearly 40,000 network technicians and customer service representatives of the company's Fios internet, telephone and television services units, who walked off the job on April 13.

Faith leaders lend support to striking Verizon workers

May 4, 2016
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About a half dozen representatives of Buffalo's religious community paid a visit to a picket line in Cheektowaga to lend support to workers off the job at Verizon for more than three weeks.


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Can you hear me now? Apparently not. Verizon workers are on strike this morning as contract talks remain at an impasse.

Schumer seeks to improve cell phone service

Jan 17, 2016
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Senator Charles Schumer wants to improve mobile phone service for New Yorkers. This after several of his own calls had dropped in the same location.

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Community activists and elected officials are once again calling on Verizon to provide FiOS service in the City of Buffalo and they're looking to the New York State Public Service Commission for help. 

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The push for FIOS is on again in Buffalo, with activists pushing the Public Service Commission to order Verizon to install the high-speed internet cabling in the city.

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Verizon may not want to install its FiOS system in Buffalo but city residents and politicians want it. That was the consensus expressed Tuesday night meeting in the West Side Community Center.

State Senator Tim Kennedy says Verizon needs to expand its high-speed FiOS service within Buffalo.

The State Public Service Commission is extending a  public comment period on whether it’s a good idea for Verizon to stop providing land line service  to some customers and supply a wireless telephone connection instead.

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Proposals to limit competition with existing cable companies have sparked a backlash. 

A noon protest is planned for Thursday outside Verizon headquarters Downtown.

The telecommunications giant has cut a deal with Time-Warner and Comcast which opponents say will limit competition and potentially raise rates.

Political and union leaders are attacking the deal now before federal regulators, claiming it's a monopolistic situation.

During a call-in last night, they told callers Washington should back away and let competition take its course.

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A pair of demonstrations were held yesterday in recognition of what is being called the "99 Percent Spring."

More than one hundred people gathered outside of the Verizon store in Amherst before moving on to National Fuel Gas headquarters in Williamsville. The protestors were lobbying for contract equity for workers and for programs to assist low income families with energy conservation and with rising gas bills.

Among the coordinators of the event were PUSH Buffalo, VOICE Buffalo, and the Coalition for Economic Justice.