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.

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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