We all get those annoying robocalls on what seems like a daily basis. In the battle against them, one local college student has taken matters into his own hands. We introduce you to a new kind of superhero: Robocall Avenger. If you happen to live in a rural part of Pennsylvania, you might have a different sort of problem: internet connectivity speeds in these parts of the state are slow. A Penn State study found it's even slower than most expected. Back in Philadelphia today, a conference will tackle the issues faced by the city's homeless youth — a population many of us fail to ever see.
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Your phone will probably buzz at some point today from a number you don't recognize. It's a robocall. Americans are losing the battle against them and the number of these calls is on the rise.
Andrew Perrong, a college student from Huntington Valley, is fighting back. He regularly sues and scores settlements against companies he claims call him illegally. We're talking about businesses from chimney sweeps to Verizon and he usually represents himself.
Opponents call him a "career plaintiff" and say it's all about money for him. But Perrong is using an act that all of us can lean on next time we get one of those unwanted calls.
Good luck finding a decent internet connection in rural Pennsylvania. The scenic hills block signals and providers can't make a profit putting higher-quality lines in these areas.
In these parts of the state, connectivity speeds are drastically lower than the Federal Communications Commissions bar for "high speed." A Penn State study also found that speeds were actually slower than what providers were promising.
Penn State's full findings will be made public early next year and will lend to the debate on whether high internet speeds are a luxury or essential infrastructure like roads and electricity.
Hundreds of young Philadelphians are homeless. They are often overwhelmed by anxiety and endure abuse as they wonder where they'll sleep at night or where their next meal will come from.
"In Our Backyards: Pulling Back the Curtain on Homeless Youth Trauma" — a day-long conference taking place today at Temple — will focus on the experiences of Philly's homeless youth population and how to deal with the trauma that follows.
An assessment of the city's homeless youth found that there is a lack of youth-dedicated supportive housing programs and that couch surfing is a near-universal experience.
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