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An analysis of state and local government and education budgets for 2024 suggests collaboration and an emphasis on looking at statewide priorities and outcomes will drive spending.
Plus, registration has closed for Net Inclusion 2024, Oklahoma and Kansas get funding for broadband, and a report seeks to uncover the best broadband technology investment.
The deadline to sign up for benefits under the Affordable Connectivity Program is looming. Applicants have until Feb. 7 to enroll in the program that is set to expire later this year without legislative action.
Mental health, climate and workforce are at the core of a complex cluster of issues confronting lawmakers in this year.
During a meeting last week, the Oklahoma Broadband Governing Board approved $374 million in ARPA funds to go toward 142 broadband service expansion projects in 57 counties.
Montgomery County Commissioners approved a more than $1.8 million contract to modernize and connect law enforcement records management systems across the region. Many of the 51 police departments in the county use different systems.
County officials have voted to continue maintenance and support services contract for hundreds of network switches and routers throughout county government facilities with Cisco SMARTnet Support Services.
The Aurora City Council is considering a $408,300 contract for satellite mapping services for departments throughout City Hall. The service would come through the California-based Environmental Systems Research Institute.
Three cities in the Phoenix metro area are experimenting with on-demand microtransit offerings, both connecting to more traditional transit options and stepping in where none exists.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a $291.5 billion budget this week that proposed resolving a roughly $37.8 billion shortfall with cuts, delayed and deferred funding and by withdrawing $13 billion from state reserves.
Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday announced a $10 million state grant to help deliver affordable broadband to every home in the city. The grant funds come from a wing of the Ohio Department of Development known as BroadbandOhio.
Efforts to extend broadband to unserved parts of the county are underway with the Cooke County Commissioners Court working on new language for a request for bids to provide better Internet service to underserved areas.
Construction is expected to begin this year on a project that will allow multiple Internet service providers to operate on the same infrastructure. The project will be financed through general obligation bonds.
The city of Huber Heights, Ohio, is still in a state of emergency nearly two months after a cyber attack took down multiple government systems and functions. All city services are functional, though additional work is still underway.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem's Office of Economic Development has awarded the final round of ConnectSD broadband grants. The awards will make high-speed Internet available to underserved households across the state.