Government Technology

Tackling the 'Homework Gap': Maryland County to Expand FiberNet Infrastructure, Forge Public-Private Partnerships

In Montgomery County (MD), public officials are assembling an arsenal of technology fixes to address the “homework gap,” the technology deficit that leaves some kids lacking the network access and devices they need to complete their schoolwork.

Should Government Clean Up Its Twitter Feeds?

Twitter unveiled a new feature to clean up the user experience Aug 18. But will the change mean more pressure for government social media managers, and what considerations does it raise for social media managers?

Municipal Wireless: Making the Case for Wireless/Wired Hybrid Infrastructure

[Commentary] Despite the fact that AT&T and Verizon stores are abundant in many neighborhoods, it doesn’t take much to show that large incumbents do not adequately serve urban communities.

Combination of Need, Cost and Innovations Are Rekindling the Muni Wireless Dream

[Commentary] Many are surprised by the news that Google is delaying some of its municipal fiber builds -- and speculation is building that the company is quietly upping its wireless game.

Code for America's Quest to Save the Brigades

Swelling numbers coupled with a temporary setback in fundraising have prompted the civic tech nonprofit Code for America (CfA) to begin restructuring its volunteer Brigade program.

Columbus (OH) Outfits Buses with Wi-Fi

Columbus (OH) bus riders soon won’t have to worry about blowing through their smartphone data limits as they wait for their stop. The Central Ohio Transit Authority plans to offer wireless Internet on all buses before the end of 2017.

San Francisco Opens Superpublic Innovation Lab

Federal technologists, change makers and academics joined the city of San Francisco (CA) in a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 14 for Superpublic, San Francisco’s new innovation lab.

The Case for 18F: Why Federal IT Procurement, Contracting Need to Change

A Q&A with General Services Administration Administrator Dan Tangherlini

Austin (TX): A Model for Cities Working to Narrow the Broadband Gap?

In Austin (TX), population 885,000, some 55,000 residents say they don't use the Internet — at all. But the City Council refuses to accept this.