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The Justice Department announced Thursday that together with the FBI and international law enforcement agencies, officials had shut down "the largest darknet marketplace in history." AlphaBay, a Web bazaar where users' identities were cloaked and illicit goods and drugs were sold, has officially been seized and shut down.

If the activists' predictions pan out, Wednesday might see one of the largest digital protests to date.

Dozens of websites and apps have joined ranks with consumer advocacy groups, through a "Day of Action," to publicly protest the plan by the Federal Communications Commission to roll back regulations it placed on Internet service providers in 2015.

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Google Fiber will begin building its ultrafast network in a Kentucky city. 

Ohio Valley ReSource

With a speech planned for Cincinnati’s Ohio River waterfront, President Donald Trump has chosen a fitting venue to talk about infrastructure improvements. The Ohio Valley is home to aging highways, bridges, and dams, poor drinking water systems, and weak internet service for many rural residents.

Izzy Broomfield

Nearly half of rural Americans don’t have access to broadband internet -- the high-speed connection many of us take for granted. In 65 counties across Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia, the majority of residents don’t have access to broadband -- that’s one-quarter of all the counties in those three states. Benny Becker reports that some rural communities are banding together to get connected.

Google will give advertisers more control over where their ads appear and improve its internal controls, as the owner of AdWords and YouTube apologized for "a number of cases where brands' ads appeared on content that was not aligned with their values."

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Kentucky’s statewide broadband internet project, KentuckyWired, will be complete by mid-2019, according to Gov. Matt Bevin.

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Kentucky police agencies investigating crimes against children face a daunting task. It’s partly seen in the release of information through the National Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. 

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  A public policy think tank has released a report that says Kentucky could save around $170 million over the next five years by going electronic with some of its operations.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Net neutrality is back in the headlines after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his plans to present a 300-page document at a meeting later this month, which would reclassify 'broadband.' Under the current Telecommunications Act, there are multiple areas: telephone, broadcast, information. If the proposal passes, broadband would be reclassified from an information service to a telecom service. Michael Ramage, Associate Director for the Center for Telecommunications Systems Management at Murray State University, discusses the latest news, explains regulating web access as a public utility and what this might mean for consumers and communications companies on Sounds Good.

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