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.

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 login.gov, 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.
Maryland made history last week, becoming the first state in the country to codify a tax on digital ads. The move would have a significant financial impact on big tech, but the bill will probably face multiple legal challenges.
Colorado's IT department has tapped Anthony Sean Martinez, who most recently served as a director in the U.S. Department of State, as the second-ever executive director of the state's Broadband Office.
A $1.3 million grant from a state program is helping the city of Longmont, Colo., expand broadband Internet service to K-12 students who are currently enrolled in the National School Lunch Program.
At the end of January, Congress received an expansive set of tech-related oversight recommendations aimed at protecting the civil and human rights of American citizens and immigrants.
Yesterday, tech company leaders and a chief innovation officer from a local area discussed how the usage of 5G and Wi-Fi 6 tech should be based on both organizational needs and citizen viewpoints.
According to a 10-year study, the municipally owned broadband utility of Chattanooga, Tenn., has brought about economic benefits in the billions. The research could play an important role in future political debates.
The proposition of pursuing funding for broadband can seem unwise when a short timeline is involved. Here are lessons learned from counties that had to spend CARES dollars in the face of a fast construction deadline.
According to a researcher, neither the Federal Aviation Administration nor states are sure about where drones should be allowed to fly, but drone highways above public roads offer one potential solution.
One day before the departure of Chairman Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission announced new rules pertaining to the collection and verification of broadband availability data.