The Alabama Supercomputing Authority awarded a contract to MCI to provide three Internet access points in Birmingham, Huntsville and Montgomery.


The Alaska Division of Information Services awarded a contract for an independent professional review and comparative benchmark evaluation of its computer and telecommunications services to Compass America. Federal Sources Inc.


Community colleges and public universities released a Request for Information for a statewide network to support education.


Because of cellular phone and facsimile service growth, the Arkansas Public Service Commission proposed two plans for an additional area code. Springdale Morning News.


The California Public Employees Retirement System awarded a $3 million contract for an automated actuarial valuation reporting system to Gabriel, Rouder, Smith & Co. Federal Sources Inc.


Colorado awarded a $3 million contract to Eligibility Management Systems for a feasibility and BPR study and creation of an RFP for implementation of the state's welfare eligibility system -- the Colorado Benefits Management System. Federal Sources Inc.


Gov. John G. Rowland signed personal legislation allowing the Department of Administration to develop guidelines for telecommuting and work-at-home programs. Managing Administrative Services.


Delaware added the Office of State Banking Commissioner to its home page at .


Court officials took a state court home page off the Web after a computer hacker added nude pictures to the site. The Web site has been restored and the Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the break-in. Reuters News Service.


The Department of Medical Assistance awarded a $3 million contract to Medstat to implement an Executive Information System/Decision Support System to allow access to an integrated health care database comprised of provider, eligibility and health care data and Medicaid claims. Federal Sources Inc.


In a letter to the editor of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin regarding the publication's series on government, Moya Davenport Gray, head of the Office of Information Practices, stated that "to suggest that the Office of Information Practices is leading 'Hawaii government's slide toward secrecy' is wrong." Gray also noted that the office is working on getting rules for openness in place. ACCESS Reports.


The Department of Health and Welfare contracted with Maximus for a statewide system called Eligibility Programs Integrated Computer System. Federal Sources Inc.


The State Board of Education received $30 million in new funding for learning technology initiatives aimed at developing the infrastructure, teacher training and curricula to prepare students for the 21st century. Illinois Technology.


The Geographic Information Systems Department is looking for new ways to serve more areas of Fort Wayne City Utilities, including the Customer Assistance Center, the Water Filtration Plant and Water Pollution Control Maintenance.


Davis County hospital received a $2 million grant from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to expand the hospital's current telemedicine system. The Bloomfield Democrat.


The Washington County Commission approved $27,000 in spending for a 911 Datamaster program, a database software that can track addresses, phone numbers and other information. Washington County News.


The Jessamine County Library celebrated its 100-year anniversary with a new location and new computers with Internet access. Lexington Herald-Leader.


The Louisiana School for the Deaf in Baton Rouge celebrated the grand opening of its new International Learning and Technology Center. The new center will be used to examine ways technology can be used to deliver arts-related learning experiences to persons with disabilities.


Learning Results is a statewide educational initiative to improve Maine schools and increase standards for all students using information technology.


Citizens now have access to job listings,