Your Cable Company Will Not Ask You To Make Your Payment At A Gas Station

Your Cable Company Will Not Ask You To Make Your Payment At A Gas Station

Some scams are so outrageously stupid, we have a hard time believing anyone falls for them. But scammers would pull these obvious tricks if they didn’t work at least some of the time. [More]

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Small Massachusetts Town Offers Gigabit Internet For $75/Month

As Comcast rolls out its superfast 2 gigabit fiber service for $300/month — not to mention upwards of $1,000 in startup costs — yet another municipally owned broadband service is offering similar service for less money. [More]

Massachusetts Proposes New Regulations For DraftKings, FanDuel

Massachusetts Proposes New Regulations For DraftKings, FanDuel

While New York and Nevada have joined the ranks of states barring residents from playing daily fantasy sports sites DraftKings and Fan Duel, DraftKings’ home state of Massachusetts is demonstrating more flexibility, proposing new regulations that would still allow the sites to operate in the state. [More]

13 Mayors (And One Almost-Mayor) Ask Verizon To Stop Dragging Its Feet On FiOS

13 Mayors (And One Almost-Mayor) Ask Verizon To Stop Dragging Its Feet On FiOS

Earlier this year, Verizon made clear what many industry watchers had known for years — that it was reaching the end of its first major buildout phase of Verizon FiOS service and that the company was going to focus on getting customers onto that network. But more than a dozen mayors, including the presumed future mayor of Comcast’s home city, have written the company to ask that it bring much-needed competition to their markets. [More]

Mass. AG, Lawmakers Call For More Assistance For Former Corinthian College Students

Mass. AG, Lawmakers Call For More Assistance For Former Corinthian College Students

Ever since for-profit education chain Corinthian Colleges Inc. closed its Everest University, WyoTech and Heald College campuses, leaving tens of thousands of students with millions of dollars in loans, consumers advocates, legislators and others have urged the Department of Education to relieve former students of their debt burdens. Those calls for help continued on Tuesday with renewed pressure from Massachusetts Attorney General Marua Healey and Sen. Elizabeth Warren calling on the Dept. to rid victims of the defunct for-profit college of unsustainable loan payments. [More]

Two For-Profit Schools Must Pay Students $2.3M Over Unfair Practices

Two For-Profit Schools Must Pay Students $2.3M Over Unfair Practices

Hundreds of former students at Kaplan Career Institute and Lincoln Technical Institute in Massachusetts will receive redress from the for-profit colleges after the schools settled charges they engaged in unfair practices with the state’s Attorney General’s office. [More]

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Massachusetts Man Selling Snow From His Front Yard Because Why Not?

Mother Nature has created plenty of headaches for snow-weary residents of Massachusetts, but one man is turning Gaia’s frozen bounty into an opportunity to make a few bucks off those warmer states. He’s selling the snow from his front yard for $89 for six pounds, shipping it to sunnier climes. Taking snow lemons and making snow lemonade, right? [More]

Another City Wants To Stop Comcast From Taking Over Cable Service

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Weeks after city leaders in Lexington, KY, made it clear that they are not pleased about the promise of being passed around like a hot potato from Time Warner Cable to Comcast to Charter, the City Council of Worcester, MA, is also laying out the unwelcome mat for Comcast. [More]

Massachusetts Court Throws Out Lawsuit Trying To Block Tesla From Selling Fancy Cars Directly To Consumers

Massachusetts Court Throws Out Lawsuit Trying To Block Tesla From Selling Fancy Cars Directly To Consumers

High-tech electric car company Tesla has spent the year fighting with a huge number of states over their preferred business model: the company sells vehicles directly to consumers, instead of going through the traditional dealer route. Tesla has been wildly successful selling their cars this way. So successful, in fact, that dealers in many states are fighting hard to claim Tesla’s model is illegal under state law — or getting state law changed to make sure it’s illegal. Dealers in Massachusetts trying their own variation on that maneuver, however, have just had their case tossed out of court, allowing Tesla to continue operations in that state. [More]

BUT WHICH ONE IS REAL?!?(Massachusetts State Police)

Driver Learns A Cardboard License Plate Drawn With Markers Won’t Pass Muster With Cops

We know, we know, going to the Department of Motor Vehicles is such a drag… all those lines and tickets and forms to fill out and grumpy people — ugh. But though it might be mighty convenient to draw up your own license plate instead of getting a new one the right way, you’re not about to fool any cops out there on the road. [More]

Driver Arrested Because A Short Rib Recipe Is Not A Vehicle Inspection Sticker

Driver Arrested Because A Short Rib Recipe Is Not A Vehicle Inspection Sticker

Most people don’t really like getting their cars inspected, and some people deliberately avoid getting an inspection because they know their vehicles won’t pass muster. Unfortunately for those folks, having a fake inspection sticker on the windshield can get them arrested. [More]

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Sorry, Massachusetts: Looks Like You’re Not Getting Happy Hour Anytime Soon

If you live in a state where happy hour is legal, pat yourself on the back and consider pouring one out for your Massachusetts cocktail-loving brethren. Lawmakers had been flirting with the idea of repealing the state’s 29-year ban on happy hour, but from the sound of it, regulators think it would be a bad idea for both businesses and the public’s safety. [More]

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MetLife Caught Penalizing Drivers Who Weren’t At Fault In Accidents

This story isn’t just about possible malfeasance by MetLife insurance in Massachusetts. It’s also a good example for why screwed-over consumers should file complaints with regulatory agencies. [More]

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Add Massachusetts To List Of States That Will Collect Sales Tax From Amazon

Residents of Massachusetts, your days of “tax-free” shopping on Amazon are numbered, as the state’s governor has announced that the e-tail giant will begin collecting sales tax on purchases made by Mass. residents starting next fall. [More]

Massachusetts City Decides To Maintain Foreclosures

Massachusetts City Decides To Maintain Foreclosures

We’ve written before about cities going after mortgage lenders for failing to properly maintain homes on which they have foreclosed, but one Massachusetts city has decided it’s just easier to fix up these properties, rather than have them fall into disrepair and drag neighborhood home prices down with them. [More]

Massachusetts Voters To Decide If Car Dealerships Have Exclusive Rights To Necessary Repair Info

Massachusetts Voters To Decide If Car Dealerships Have Exclusive Rights To Necessary Repair Info

Earlier this year, the Massachusetts state Senate passed a “Right to Repair” bill that would allow your local mechanic to have access to info that is now only available to car dealerships. But the legislation has stalled in the state House. Sick of inaction, 16,000 Bay State residents petitioned the state, and everyone will have a chance to vote on it come November. [More]

Massachusetts Creates Fake Scam Websites To Warn People Of Real Scam Websites

Massachusetts Creates Fake Scam Websites To Warn People Of Real Scam Websites

Make a ton of money working from home! Lose weight by taking some fruit extract pills! Clear your debt today, guaranteed! Most of us know to give a wide berth to websites making promises like these. But the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation has decided the best way to educate the consumers is for the state to create its own slate of bogus sites that look eerily like real scam sites. [More]

Skipped Step Results In Mass. Police Writing 896 Illegal Speeding Tickets

Skipped Step Results In Mass. Police Writing 896 Illegal Speeding Tickets

It’s a pretty big case of “Ooops,” on the part of the Massachusetts Dept. of Transportation, which forgot to follow its own regulations when it determined the speed limit on a new stretch of road in Salem. Now, nearly 900 speeding tickets could be reversed — if the drivers are willing to go to court. [More]