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The country's largest cell phone companies are teaming up to block illegal robocalls and scammers.

AARP Ohio said this move will be especially helpful for the state's senior citizens. 

Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T are among the 12 mobile companies coming up with ways to block these automatic telemarketing calls, provide caller ID labeling tools, and implement ways to verify calls that come from valid sources.

Luke Russell with AARP Ohio said this is especially good news for older Ohioans.

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, March 28:

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Groups representing low-income people are calling on state regulators to reject AT&T’s plan to drop out of a federal program that helps over 10,000 of its Ohio customers afford telephone service.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Ohio Poverty Law Center and the Alliance for Retired Americans are among those defending the Lifeline program, which offers a credit that covers a quarter of the $36 average monthly cost of a landline telephone.

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Business experts are reacting to a decision by Fifth Third Bank to raise its minimum wage to $15 and give most of its employees a $1,000 bonus. The Cincinnati-based company says it wants to share some of the savings it will get under the GOP tax bill.

But Deborah Mitchell, who teaches marketing at the Ohio State University, says don't expect the bank's move to turn into a movement. 

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Three Cleveland women are accusing AT&T of excluding poorer, black neighborhoods from high-speed internet service in a kind of high-tech redlining.

The complaint to the FCC alleges unjust discrimination and violations to the Communications Act. Hough, Glenville and Fairfax are among the neighborhoods listed.

Florida-based attorney Daryl Parks filed the complaint on behalf of the women.



Automobile traffic is expected to be crawling in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention next month. There is little than can be done to avoid that. 

But a lot of people are working to make sure that online traffic will be running fast and smooth.

Just as the City of Cleveland is working to spruce up for the convention, below-ground work is also going on.  It all begins here at Public Square.