Government Technology

Tennessee Electrical Co-Ops Eager to Bridge Rural Broadband Gap

Location:
National Rural Electric Cooperative, United States

Many of the power cooperatives that helped electrify rural Tennessee in the 1930s and 1940s are gearing up for a similar effort to bring high-speed broadband to rural areas not connected to today's information superhighway.

Major City Tech Leaders Fight for Net Neutrality, Other Issues in Washington, D.C.

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

Four of the country’s most prominent city tech leaders visited Washington, D.C., to discuss concern over the federal government’s handling of a trio of issues: Internet privacy, local authority of public assets, and, most notably, a potential rollback of network neutrality, which the group uniformly opposes.

Seattle Increases Financial Commitment to 20-Year-Old Digital Equity Program

Location:
Seattle, WA, United States

Seattle is upping its financial contribution to a program that for the past 20 years has helped community groups provide technology, as well as the skills needed to use technology, to residents who are traditionally underserved and often left behind.

Rural Broadband: Taking a Broad-Scope Look at Fed and State Legislation

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

At the federal level, four bills relating to widespread broadband have been introduced.

Louisville’s Award-Winning Redlining Map Helps Drive Digital Inclusion Efforts

Location:
Louisville, KY, United States

Louisville has garnered much praise for an award-winning data map that visualizes the modern day effects of redlining — a practice that dates back to the 1930s, and involves racial and socioeconomic discrimination in certain neighborhoods through the systematic denial of services or refusal to grant loans and insurance.

Louisville’s Award-Winning Redlining Map Helps Drive Digital Inclusion Efforts

Location:
Louisville, KY, United States

Louisville (KY) has garnered much praise for an award-winning data map that visualizes the modern day effects of redlining — a practice that dates back to the 1930s, and involves racial and socioeconomic discrimination in certain neighborhoods through the systematic denial of services or refusal to grant loans and insurance.

Seattle Wins National Awards for Digital Equity Efforts

Location:
National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, 2121 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA, 22314, United States

Seattle’s Information Technology Department has won two awards from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors for its efforts to foster digital inclusion within the city.

FBI Declines to Investigate FCC Cyberattack

Location:
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW J. Edgar Hoover Building, Washington, DC, 20535-0001, United States

The FBI will not investigate a cyberattack that crashed the Federal Communications Commission’s website during an influx of comments on an agency plan to reverse network neutrality.

5 New Cities Become Smart Gigabit Communities

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

At the Smart Cities Connect Conference held June 25-28 at the Austin Convention Center, US Ignite and the National Science Foundation announced five new cities that have joined the Smart Gigabit Communities (SGC) program, which "accelerates the development of advanced gigabit applications that cannot run on current networks as the bedrock of smart communities by identifying new economic and social opportunities created by those applications," according to the SGC website.

Pennsylvania County Project Seeks to Shape Best Possible Deals on Broadband

Location:
Monroe County, Pennsylvania, United States

Thanks to an “extraordinary” response to an RFP issued earlier in 2017, a Pennsylvania broadband aggregation group called the Monroe Gigabit Project, which unites more than three dozen public agencies and private companies, will continue through 2017.

Cross-Departmental Collaboration Increasingly Vital to Digital Inclusion

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

As life increasingly migrates into the digital realm, more agencies within municipal government are finding that digital inclusion — the effort to provide all residents with equal access to technology, as well as the related skills to benefit — is vital to the well-being of the public.

Louisville’s Gigabit Experience Center Brings Fiber Connection Speeds to ‘Network Connectivity Desert’

Location:
Louisville, KY, United States
Recommendation:
2

Louisville has launched a new public workspace — one that combines free loaner laptops and fiber Internet connection with modern design aesthetics, the sort more closely associated with trendy coffee shops than government facilities. And it’s done so in an economically challenged neighborhood where people often lack access to tech.

Kansas City Maps Data Related to Digital Inclusion

Location:
Kansas City Mayor's Office, 414 E 12th St, Kansas City, MO, 64106, United States
Recommendation:
3

As Kansas City continues to move forward, city officials have added a new data visualization map aimed at keeping track of digital inclusion efforts as well, so that all populations within the city will benefit from the technological growth of its infrastructure.

Study: Ohio Statewide Broadband Office, Investment Fund Could Help Boost Rural Access

Location:
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 43210, United States
Recommendation:
2

A recent study by Ohio State University researchers found broadband access severely lacking in the state’s rural areas, a deficit they reported could yield significant economic growth if corrected — but if resolved could also lead to other, unintended consequences.

National Digital Inclusion Week Helps Build Nationwide Momentum for Digital Equity

Location:
National Digital Inclusion Alliance, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

The phrases "digital equity" and "digital inclusion" are now being used to frame the discussion.

Cities Take Proactive Approaches to Anti-Muni Broadband Legislators

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Local elected leaders, administrators, public utility managers and community stakeholders are stepping up their advocacy game in response to recent legislative losses. ...

Can Hybrid Wired/Wireless Infrastructure Stop the Broadband Hype?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Now that wireless can comfortably reach 40 to 50 Mbps in the home and gig wireless capacity backhaul is working in the field, can hybrid wired/wireless infrastructure dial back some of the hype?

What's the Return on Investment on Local Broadband?

Location:
Louisville, KY, United States
Recommendation:
3

Hard data enables Louisville (KY) residents to know their broadband speeds and it's also proving beneficial to the city, which is looking to kick off new connectivity projects.

Warrants in the Digital Age: Courts Face Evolving Frontier

Location:
Houston, TX, United States
Recommendation:
2

The smart devices we carry with us and cling to represent treasure troves of personal data; they could be the linchpin a prosecutor needs to prove a person's location when a crime occurred, which is why agencies are more active than ever in going after them. Together, our personal technology's value and the related privacy issues has become a new sort of frontier for law enforcement and our courts. And the parameters around law enforcement's access — and whether access is even given — must be dealt with.

Better Connections: Arkansas Rebuilds its Plodding K-12 Network into a Robust Broadband Service

Location:
Arkansas State Capitol, 500 Woodlane St., Little Rock, AR, 72201, United States
Recommendation:
3

Mark Myers remembers his very first day on the job in January 2015 as the state of Arkansas’ CIO and director of the Department of Information Systems (DIS).

Need for FirstNet Greater Than Ever, First Responders Say

Location:
First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
3

The government organization charged with building the nation’s first high-speed data network for first responders says it will make its first contract award soon. It will likely happen in November, although no firm date is set.

What President Obama Did for Tech: Transparency and Open Data

Location:
The White House, Washington, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
2

Before “open data” became a catchphrase for innovation, there was Data.gov, the first open data portal for federal agencies.

What President Obama Did for Tech

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

Change in government is slow. That didn’t stop a lot from happening in government during President Barack Obama’s two terms, including many technology firsts, but that’s to be expected, because the world changed a lot too. Chronicling President Obama’s tech legacy isn’t a matter of tallying everything he did, but isolating what he did differently from what another person in his position might have.

Kentucky’s Statewide Broadband Network Moves Forward with Build-out

Location:
Commonwealth of Kentucky, 700 Capitol Avenue, Frankfort, KY, 40601, United States
Recommendation:
3

The initial build-out of Kentucky’s broadband project, KentuckyWired, will take place soon in the eastern part of the state.

How Digital is Your State?

Location:
Government Technology, 100 Blue Ravine Road, Folsom, CA, 95630, United States
Recommendation:
3

Just as a school teacher roots for his students, the Center for Digital Government is hopeful every two years that each respondent to its Digital States Survey will astound with reports of their technological feats.

Wisconsin Governor Announces State Broadband Savings Agreement

Location:
Wisconsin's Capitol Building, 2 East Main Street, Madison, WI, 53702, United States
Recommendation:
3

In a move that will save Wisconsin taxpayers nearly $8 million annually, the state has renegotiated its contract with AT&T and its partners to provide higher broadband speeds at lower costs on the BadgerNet Converged Network (BCN), Gov Scott Walker (R-WI) announced on Sept 6.

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

Location:
Montgomery County, Silver Spring, MD, United States
Recommendation:
3

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.

3 Ways Governments Are Working to Make Broadband Universally Accessible

Location:
Austin, TX, United States
Recommendation:
2

How is government enabling broadband? The state of Utah, the city of Austin, Texas, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida all offer compelling examples of the ways in which government at various levels is attempting to tackle the problem.

Should Government Clean Up Its Twitter Feeds?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

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

Recommendation:
2

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. Many cities build better, faster, cheaper networks and offer better customer service.