CITIES BECOME TELECOM OWNERS Cities and towns -- worried that the information superhighway will pass them by -- are looking to own and run their own telecommunications infrastructures. Crime Drops in NYC New York City has managed to cut its crime rate by an unprecedented 38 percent in barely three years, thanks, in part, to computer technology. Geo Info Digital Aerial Photography Flies Recent advancements in digital aerial photography is making it an inexpensive choice. Justice & Technology Courts Develop Plans for 2020 California's courts developed strategic plans to take them into a coordinated technological future. Product News Product News Product News Interview INTERVIEW: KATHLEEN O'TOOLE Building a Seamless Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Network Iowa Gov. Branstad "We didn't set out to have [our fiber-optic network] state-owned. We put it out for bid. The problem was we didn't have anybody who wanted to build it to every part of the state." Product Focus Product Focus: Courtroom Automation There are many, many courtroom automation tools on the market, but are there law offices and courtrooms Access Access Government information is still a bargain, but it's not free. What policies govern fees and access? Imaging Good Deeds Document imaging helps land recorders and registries speed public access to legal documents. Notes from the Field Notes from the Field Notes from the Field Internet Catch Deadbeats on the Web Connecticut's Department of Social Services Snapshot National Technology Snapshot A 50-state roundup of information technology news and events.