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The City Council recommended a $605,242 contract with Chicago-based CityBase Inc. to develop a website officials said would be an upgrade from what the city has now, and is unique to Aurora.
An electronic health record system being piloted at Spokane's VA hospital has been partly or completely unusable at least 50 times since its launch in 2020, the Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed.
Plus, both the FCC and the NTIA are continuing to make substantial investments in broadband connectivity work across the country, senators introduce the Rural Broadband Protection Act, and much more.
If the project gains approval from the state, Fountain Valley, Calif., stands to earn more than $30 million over 30 years in guaranteed revenue, including a one-time payment of $750,000.
Plus, Pew Charitable Trusts is warning that states are at risk of missing out on federal broadband funding, the NDIA has announced two new resources related to digital inclusion work, and more.
While infrastructure challenges and digital literacy gaps still impede digital equity efforts in many rural parts of America, public and private entities are increasingly looking to new partnerships to bridge the divide.
After years of struggling to find ways to diversify the workforce, the Pittsburgh Technology Council is following the model used by skilled trades union to pay women and minorities while they learn high-tech skills.
Bolstering the city's bid to become a hub for geospatial technology, civic leaders have announced the creation of a new research center that will help build an industry that officials see as key to their economic future.
The tool, called Waste Wise, is an online database that allows residents to search items and quickly determine how and where to donate, recycle or dispose of them. It can be accessed on the county's website.
It’s a formal investigation into the City Hall employees involved in the controversial technology contract, as one city IT staffer defended ties he had with a winning bidder through an outside company he cofounded.
At both the state and federal levels of government, millions of dollars in new funding continue to be made available for broadband projects across the U.S. Plus, advocacy groups release new guidance resources for the work.
The Nebraska State Unit on Aging has partnered with GetSetUp.io, a virtual learning platform, to bolster digital skills and a wide range of other life skills among older adults across the state.
Amazon is launching a racial equity audit to examine any uneven effects of its policies, programs and practices on hourly employees, and it has enlisted former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to conduct it.
The Jefferson County Public Library has unveiled what it believes to be a national first: a "ghost library." Residents can access the library if they obtain a library card and pin number.
Plus, one of the most successful public fiber networks in the country is now partnering to bring high-speed Internet to rural California, New York state is committing more than $1 billion to connect residents, and more.