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Jed Pressgrove

Assistant News Editor

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.

As they responded to the terrorist attacks on 9/11, public safety professionals struggled to communicate with each other due to tech issues. Twenty years later, FirstNet exists to ensure this doesn't happen again.
Government chief information officers know that building an IT agency that can withstand any challenge means learning how to both do more with less and also exercise restraint when there’s a windfall.
If the federal infrastructure bill makes it through the House of Representatives and receives President Joe Biden's signature, $65 billion will go to broadband. What does that really mean, though, for America's future?
A new study rejects the idea that provider networks held up quite well for Americans during the pandemic. This research, as well as state broadband leaders, think upload speeds must be better for America’s future.
Yesterday, Cisco hosted a roundtable discussion about Internet access featuring local, regional and international perspectives. The speakers covered everything from accountability of leadership to Wi-Fi innovation.
What if your cybersecurity training isn't good enough? Sajed Naseem, CISO of New Jersey Courts, and Rebecca Rakoski, co-founder of XPAN Law Partners, share their insights on this pressing modern issue.
Quincy, Mass., believes its residents deserve more Internet service options. Rather than run its own broadband utility, the city plans to own an open access network where competition and automation will reign.
Spot, a robot dog produced by Boston Dynamics, has been employed by a few police departments over the last couple of years, raising the antennas of surveillance critics. Does Spot have a future in public safety?
Rodgers confirmed that June 2 will be his last day as Ohio’s CIO. He will be joining retail company Designer Brands as senior vice president and CIO. Katrina Flory will serve as CIO in an interim capacity.
A new Information Technology and Innovation Foundation report argues that any U.S. infrastructure plan should bank on digital infrastructure because it offers the greatest long-term social and economic gains.
Digital marriage licenses. Zoom ceremonies. Everyday citizens becoming wedding officiants. Utah County, Utah's online marriage license system became a big hit after COVID-19 shut down most offices that issue marriage licenses.
New data from Imperva suggests government websites may be at higher risk of being targeted by “bad bots” as the pandemic continues, but experts say there’s plenty agencies can do to be prepared.
In an effort to fix the Federal Communications Commission's misleading broadband coverage data, the agency is asking the public to download and use its new speed test app.
“Dig once” suggests that it makes more sense to lay the groundwork for broadband expansion through larger transportation projects. But should this forward-thinking idea be mandated or considered a best practice?
Facebook will have fiber running across the entire width of Indiana before 2022. The goal is to connect Facebook’s data centers, but providers may potentially lease excess capacity from the fiber for broadband solutions.
Even if budget restrictions are a factor, water utilities must invest in better cybersecurity measures. A local New Mexico water utility shares insights from its overall cybersecurity journey.
Thanks in part to the testimony of CIO John Quinn, Vermont appears to be moving toward a long-term fund for IT modernization projects. The fund would address several large needs, including an inflexible UI system.
Courts across the country have struggled to process traffic tickets safely and efficiently during the pandemic. A new portal is offering jurisdictions a free and virtual means of handling tickets.
The Lone Star State doesn’t have a state broadband office or plan. Stakeholders, including legislators, are trying to change that in the wake of COVID-19 and a historic winter storm.
Connecticut sees technology as key to meeting the needs of both its citizens and agencies. As such, the state will begin establishing an IT agency that will maintain higher tech standards across public entities.
Jon Husted, Lieutenant Governor, and Ervan Rodgers, CIO
Chief Information Security Officer, Maricopa County, Ariz.
This month marks the beginning of a unique pilot program in Wisconsin where tethered drones will boost Internet connections for students living in rural areas within the Northland Pines School District.
The General Services Administration is now offering, an authentication and identity verification service, to state and local governments. Some restrictions do apply.
The police force of Durham, N.C., has teamed up with SAS Institute to create a data system that will put a spotlight on exemplary police work and reveal cases where officers may need training or counseling.
A U.S. District judge has ruled that California officials should be able to enforce the state's net neutrality law. But what will the law bring about? And is our definition of "net neutrality" as good as it needs to be?
The number of unemployed Americans skyrocketed due to COVID-19 and the surge hit state unemployment systems hard. We look at systems in Hawaii, Rhode Island, Indiana and Texas.
A new survey of economic development professionals suggests that more telehealth access and local control of broadband-related factors can give cities and counties an economic leg up.
The Pew Research Center asked 915 experts to share their views on how life will be in 2025. The overwhelming majority said tech will drive many changes, some of which will pose significant problems for humankind.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a bill that enables cities to provide broadband services to their citizens. The legislation does place some restrictions on certain government entities.