October 20, 2014

Supervisor Wants San Francisco to Seize Opening to Lay Wi-Fi Cable

Supervisor David Chiu’s “Dig Once” proposal would require private and public agencies digging up streets for other work to allow the placement of city-owned conduits that can be used for fiber-optic cables.

October 20, 2014

Los Angeles Wants to Ban Parking Space Sales Via Apps

In an 11-0 vote, the council requested that the City Attorney’s office draft a measure to ensure that parking spaces are not hoarded by companies and are fully available to the general public.

October 20, 2014

Voters will Decide Fate of Broadband Authority in Boulder, Colo.

Issue 2C on the Boulder ballot would allow the city to provide its own broadband service to the public or to partner with private companies to expand access to the city's network.

October 20, 2014

Duke University Researchers Identify Tracking Tool for Fracking Fluids

The new tracer method can pinpoint highly diluted remnants of the industrial fluids in waterways and other drinking water sources, according to a study.

October 20, 2014

Will Driverless Cars Get Off the Starting Line in Georgia?

The House created a study committee that is tasked with finding a way to regulate driverless technology without inhibiting its development or deterring potential auto industry investment in the state.

October 20, 2014

High-Speed Internet Widely Available in Yakima County, Wash., Official Says

About 91.5 percent of the county can now access speeds of 100 megabits per second and up, well above the national average of 60 percent.

October 20, 2014

Charlotte, N.C., Police Investigators Secretly Track Cellphones

Privacy groups say the surveillance equipment used is so intrusive that it violates the Constitution’s prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure.

October 20, 2014

How can you help the blind navigate a city?

Answer: with 3-D-printed maps

October 20, 2014

New Digital Tool Will Help Houston Firefighters Battle Building Blazes

Fire departments in the five-county area have developed a digital database of high-risk structures — those critical to the nation's daily operations, high-rises and some large commercial buildings.

October 19, 2014

Job Change Checklist: Seven Things to Consider Before Elections

Once every four years, most state and local governments go through a multi-month period of major upheaval. Regardless of which political party wins in the November midterm elections, major executive turnover usually occurs at the highest levels of government. This fall and winter is one of those times. How can you prepare?

October 17, 2014

New Bedford, Mass., Mayor Jon Mitchell Champions Smart Cities

Mitchell – who is garnering increased national attention for smart city innovation – tells forum that brainpower and creativity is key.

October 17, 2014

4 Projects that Make City Life More Fun and Engaging

From projects that assist visually impaired pedestrians to games that motivate residents to exercise more often, these deployments emphasize the beauty, fun and tranquility in a bustling urban environment.

October 17, 2014

Three Connecticut Cities Pursue Gigabit Network

When it comes to high-speed broadband, meeting demand isn’t always in the incumbent's business model -- so Connecticut is taking matters into its own hands.

October 17, 2014

Facebook Debuts Safety Check Feature for Disasters

Users within the vicinity of an emergency will get a notification from Facebook asking if they’re safe.

October 17, 2014

Sean Parker Must Create Beach-Mapping App for California Coastal Commission

Parker agreed to do the high-tech form of community service in order to make amends for his environmental blunder at his Big Sur wedding last year.

October 17, 2014

Officials Urged to Take Care With Social Media

As more government agencies and elected officials scramble to put the word out on social media some are learning the hard way that they might need to take a step back and rethink the way they use the sites.

October 17, 2014

California Releases ‘Report Cards’ on Health Insurance Options

This year, the state aggregated claims and electronic medical record data and patient satisfaction surveys.

October 17, 2014

Internal Logistics and Form of Government are Key to Resilient Cities Grant Jumpstart

Portland, Ore., is among the locations hoping for a Resilient Cities grant as Alameda, Calif., goes its own way.

October 17, 2014

Austin Plan for Renewable Energy at Odds with Utility

The city council has called for a dramatic expansion in solar power generation, earning accolades from environmental advocates. But the city-owned utility, Austin Energy, has balked at the proposal.

October 17, 2014

Younger Generation Prefers Transit to Cars, Report Says

The report groups the reasons into three categories: socio-economic shifts, lifestyle preferences, and technological changes.