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Broadband Funding, Weapon Detection and GovX Awards — ICYMI

This week, the “In Case You Missed It” crew talks about weapon detection in light of the New York subway shooting and the Center for Digital Government’s Teri Takai gives an overview of the Government Experience Awards.

A big influx of broadband funding could help bridge the digital divide in the United States.

But first, those funds must be smartly distributed.

Having access to high-speed Internet is more important than ever. More than 93 percent of U.S. adults use the Internet, Pew reports. And in October 2020 about 53 percent of Americans worked remotely at least part time, according to preliminary findings by Stanford University.

This week, Government Technology Assistant News Editor Jed Pressgrove broke down his recent article outlining the nearly $42 billion in new broadband funding in the infrastructure bill and how it differs from previous broadband earmarks.

The “In Case You Missed It” crew also discussed the recent Brooklyn, N.Y., subway shooting which injured 10 people, and how high-profile and terrifying incidents can sometimes lead to adopting new technologies that worry civil liberties groups.

Lastly, Senior Vice President of the Center for Digital Government* Teri Takai gave an update on the upcoming Government Experience Awards, GovX Summit and how states, cities and counties can enter. The deadline for entries is May 19.



“In Case You Missed It” returns April 22 with a special guest from Google.

“In Case You Missed It” is Government Technology’s weekly news roundup and interview live show featuring e.Republic* Chief Innovation Officer Dustin Haisler, Deputy Chief Innovation Officer Joe Morris and GovTech Assistant News Editor Jed Pressgrove as they bring their analysis and insight to the week’s most important stories in state and local government.

Follow along live each Friday at 12 p.m. PST on LinkedIn and YouTube.

*The Center for Digital Government is part of e.Republic, Government Technology’s parent company.
Dustin Haisler is the Chief Innovation Officer of Government Technology's parent company e.Republic. Previously the finance director and later CIO for Manor, Texas, a small city outside Austin, Haisler quickly built a track record and reputation as an early innovator in civic tech. As Chief Innovation Officer, Haisler has a strategic role to help shape the company’s products, services and future direction. Primarily, he leads e.Republic Labs, a market connector created as an ecosystem to educate, accelerate and ultimately scale technology innovation within the public sector. Read his full bio.
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.
Joseph Morris is the Deputy Chief Innovation Officer of Government Technology's parent company e.Republic and a national keynote speaker on issues, trends and drivers impacting state and local government and education. He has authored publications and reports on funding streams, technology investment areas and public-sector priorities, and has led roundtables, projects and initiatives focused on issues within the public sector. Joe has conducted state and local government research with e.Republic since 2007 and knows the ins and outs of government on all levels. He received his Bachelor of Arts in government and international relations from the California State University, Sacramento.