April 2012

Chattanooga Claims America’s Fastest Broadband Service

Chattanooga offers 1-gigabit-per-second fiber Internet service to all residents and businesses.

FCC Overhauls Universal Service Fund

The FCC says Universal Service Fund reforms will boost rural broadband. Critics worry about the impact on small telecom providers.


5 Ways IT Professionals Can Keep Learning

Keeping up with hands-on professional development.


Utah’s iPad User’s Manual for State Employees

Utah makes guide for state workers to offer support, guidance on bring-your-own devices.

Four Questions

Alaska Director of Enterprise Technology Services Balances Business and IT

Pat Shier's background as head of retirements and benefits division guides his latest task of leading Enterprise Technology Services.


Oakland County, Mich., Taking Shared Services National

The county is scaling up with the National Association of Counties to offer subscriptions for hosted applications to localities nationwide.

Maricopa County, Ariz., Turns on ‘Spigit’ for Innovative Ideas

The county is one of the largest governments in the U.S. to try the idea generation platform.

Nevada DMV Approves Regulations for Testing Driverless Vehicles

Companies will be able to apply to test autonomous vehicles starting March 1.

Point of View

It’s Time for America to Invest in Broadband

Deploying high-speed broadband nationwide should be a priority.

Case Studies

Smart Snowplows Keep the Highway to Valdez, Alaska, Clear

GPS and heads-up display technology keep Alaska snowplow drivers on the road, even if they can’t see it.

Nevada County, Calif., Overhauls Its Website to Engage Citizens in the Ways They Want

County lets residents submit and vote on ideas to improve the website.

Public Safety

Washington, D.C.’s Criminal Case Initiation Project Automates Court Processes

Multiple arresting agencies in Washington, D.C., collaborate and hammer out agreements to build a law enforcement and justice information network.


Music Schools Take Performances to Next Level

Over advanced research and education networks, musicians perform together from different states at the same time.

Product News

New Products from Trimble, Toshiba, Canon U.S.A.

Handheld GIS, 10-inch tablet, high-definition camera.