Jed Pressgrove

Staff Writer

Jed Pressgrove has been a writer and editor for about 15 years. He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in sociology from Mississippi State University.

January 16, 2020

Massachusetts Pursues Its Own Route to Broadband Expansion

Since 2016, more than a dozen rural communities in Massachusetts have gained high-speed Internet with state support. Mount Washington and Montgomery, with populations under 1,000, have unique stories to tell.

January 14, 2020

Colorado Taps Former Oregon CIO as Chief Technology Officer

Pettit, a familiar figure in the government IT space over the last 20 years, is now Colorado's CTO. He comes to the position after a search to replace David McCurdy, who left the role in October last year.

January 14, 2020

Vermont Promotes Scott Carbee from Interim to Permanent CISO

Scott Carbee has served as either deputy or interim chief information security officer of Vermont since January 2018. Late last week, CIO John Quinn elevated Carbee to permanent state CISO.

January 7, 2020

Las Vegas Confirms Network ‘Compromised’ in Cyberincident

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the city of Las Vegas became aware of what it is calling a "compromise" of its network. Officials are assessing the situation and hope to have more details confirmed within 24 hours.

December 23, 2019

Minnesota CISO Aaron Call Steps Away from State Service

After helping Minnesota create a security operations center that protects a wide variety of state institutions, Aaron Call has departed from his role as CISO. Rohit Tandon has taken over Call's responsibilities in an interim capacity.

December 16, 2019

Utah County Develops a Fully Online Marriage License System

Utah County plans to release an end-to-end online marriage license system, one of the first among U.S. counties. The full process, which will be demoed Dec. 18, utilizes facial recognition and blockchain technologies.

December 12, 2019

Most States Receive Low Grades for Online Spending Transparency Info

States have made progress with budget portals that allow citizens to see how tax dollars are spent, but a new report shows they remain lacking in online transparency about economic development subsidies.

December 10, 2019

Cities Begin Delving into Drone Regulations for Public Safety

A new multidisciplinary group is hoping to start a conversation that can answer questions about new concerns specific to using drones in the nation's most densely populated metropolitan areas.

December 6, 2019

Drone Operator Group to Address Challenges in Cities

A new multidisciplinary group is hoping to start a conversation that can answer questions about new concerns specific to using drones in the nation's most densely populated metropolitan areas.

December 2, 2019

Minority Broadband Initiative Aims to Connect Rural America

Historically black colleges and universities are closely linked to their surrounding areas, including rural places on the other side of the digital divide. The Minority Broadband Initiative wants to take advantage of these connections.

November 26, 2019

No End in Sight for FirstNet Interoperability Debate

Although more than 9,800 U.S. agencies are on board with the nationwide public safety communications platform FirstNet, a debate persists about the very issue that FirstNet is designed to solve: interoperability.

November 26, 2019

Albuquerque Hopes Data Can Establish Equity for Residents

As an increasing number of cities nationwide work to foster equitable outcomes for residents, Albuquerque has created a new case study for how data can be used in various ways to lift populations up.

November 25, 2019

Albuquerque, N.M., Charts Path to Equity Through Data, Tech

As an increasing number of cities nationwide work to foster equitable outcomes for residents, Albuquerque has created a new case study for how data can be used in various ways to lift populations up.

November 15, 2019

Sen., Experts Say Blockchain App Voatz Needs More Auditing

Election officials in a few states have used the mobile app Voatz to improve voting options for overseas citizens. Critics, however, continue to urge caution and skepticism about the blockchain voting method.

November 14, 2019

State Leaders, Experts Sort Through Federal Broadband Bills

New proposed federal bills address everything from reporting of Internet speeds to a universal broadband definition for federal programs, but different leaders and experts raise points and questions about the laws' potential practical value.

November 11, 2019

Municipal Districts: The Fix for What Ails Rural Internet?

A common issue with rural broadband expansion is small towns not having enough leverage to establish better Internet service. But legislation could turn the tables, giving communities the authority to form a unified district.

November 8, 2019

Carlsbad, Calif.’s New Approach to an Old Government Problem

Cities frequently use RFPs and other traditional procurement methods when looking for technological solutions. But Carlsbad, Calif., has struck out on a new path with its recent request for qualifications.

November 5, 2019

Waterloo, Iowa, Contemplates Its Broadband Choices

For more than a decade, broadband expansion in Waterloo, Iowa, has been a relatively stagnant issue. But recent support for a feasibility study to evaluate the possibility of a municipal broadband option has put the city in the spotlight.

October 29, 2019

Alaska Names Its Fourth Acting CIO Since December 2018

An IT veteran in Alaska, Benjamin Shier has taken over as acting CIO with the departure of John Boucher. The leadership change is one of several to occur since CIO Bill Vajda’s departure last year.

October 25, 2019

Is Public Finance Ready to Rely on Blockchain Technology?

Governments often contend with many issues when attempting to link public dollars to real-world outcomes captured by data in disparate systems. EY claims its OpsChain Public Finance Manager will reduce those struggles.

October 23, 2019

Investing in Digital Equity: The Case for Broadband Expansion

With society rapidly digitizing and high-speed Internet access fast-becoming a vital utility, government must work to balance the needs of underserved populations with financial realities.

October 18, 2019

Colorado Drone Facility Paves Way for Public Safety Innovations

In Garfield County, Colo., the R&D branch of the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control has established the Technodrome, a drone-testing space that appears to be a national first.

October 16, 2019

The Hack Attempt Against Voatz ‘Not Close,’ Officials Say

Recent reports that a hacker had targeted the blockchain-based mobile voting system in 2018 added fuel to the fire about the security of such systems. But the company and governments using the technology seem unfazed.

October 11, 2019

Digital Inclusion: NASCIO President James Collins Weighs In

As part of the internationally recognized Digital Inclusion Week, we talked with Delaware CIO James Collins about how broadband-related ideas like return on investment and digital equity may collide or coexist.

October 11, 2019

Wyoming Continues to Pursue a Future with Blockchain

The state has passed more than a dozen pieces of legislation, creating an unprecedented legal foundation for blockchain business in the United States. Stakeholders sense that much more is on the horizon.

October 8, 2019

Virginia IT Faces Criticism Amid Service Model Transition

Everyone seems to acknowledge that Virginia's IT department faced an uphill battle transitioning to a new multi-supplier service model, but a recent audit raises multiple critical concerns.

October 7, 2019

Ohio Anticipates Statewide Broadband Policy, Plan

Through a request for information (RFI), Ohio was able to confirm major opportunities and challenges as it aims to give all of its residents and businesses the chance to gain broadband access.

October 2, 2019

The Dos and Don'ts of Community Broadband Network Planning

Rural areas face substantial risks in their efforts to provide high-speed Internet to citizens who live in remote places. Here's what local leaders should consider as they plan to expand broadband.

September 26, 2019

How Georgia Made Its Unique Broadband Coverage Map

States, counties and cities across the country have noted the inaccuracy of broadband coverage data from the Federal Communications Commission, but Georgia took a more proactive route.

September 25, 2019

Blockchain in Government Will Boil Down to Policy, Practice

Many questions remain about blockchain, a young technology that interests multiple governments across the globe. Regulations and architectural models will be key to unlocking blockchain's potential.

September 20, 2019

Broadband's Economic Impact Remains Unclear, Contested

Although many stakeholders within the United States suggest that broadband expansion has positive economic impacts, research urges careful consideration of both short- and long-term outcomes.

September 16, 2019

4 Tech Projects Promise to Change Tennessee for the Better

Four technology-driven projects in the state are proof that a centralized IT department can lead, support and promote groundbreaking programs. The projects are proof that successful innovation is about more than the tech.

September 12, 2019

Maryland Tries Fresh Approach with Budget Transparency Portal

The Maryland departments of Information Technology, and Budget and Management applied their respective strengths to develop a modernized website that reports government spending facts and trends.

September 6, 2019

Momentum Builds for Maryland’s Rural Broadband Initiative

In the wake of two recent announcements about Maryland's efforts to connect rural citizens to online services, state leaders dissect the challenge of closing the urban-rural technological divide.

September 4, 2019

Utah County Puts Blockchain Voting to the Test in Live Audit

The Utah County Clerk/Auditor’s Office shared the innovative method for evaluating the authenticity of votes cast by soldiers and other individuals who are not residing within the United States.

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