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Newly approved state funding will potentially speed the construction of the 81-mile fiber-optic backbone in Skagit County. State legislators approved some $411 million for local broadband projects.
Plus, this week Code for America holds its annual summit event, Boston’s Digital Team shares case study giving transparency to its work, a map charts recent American migration data, and more.
By a 187-20 vote, Town Meeting members in Milton, Mass., approved the creation of a municipally owned broadband utility. The Internet service itself will require another vote before it can start.
The Partnership for Inclusive Innovation, a public-private partnership focused on spurring innovation, is working to move the needle on the mission to make the state the “technology capital of the East Coast.”
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada is using dashcam footage gathered from ride-hailing drivers to gain added insights into the status of the hundreds of highway work zones in the Las Vegas region.
The pandemic spurred the county to launch a one-stop shop for resident services that’s proving to be a boost to public employees, too, sparing Parks Department staff an hour or more on each events permit application.
Digital equity advocates, state broadband offices and local government staffers are encouraged by the president’s emphasis on their work, but what do they need at the federal level to fully solve this challenge?
The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office announced a new drone program to help with search and rescue cases. The devices are equipped with infrared cameras, which provide infrared radiation and night imaging.
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the Internet gaps across the 27,000-square-mile reservation. Only 46 percent of households on tribal lands have basic broadband access.
Earlier this week, the city's Energy and Climate Committee heard a presentation on draft guidelines about how to construct buildings with electric-vehicle infrastructure and update existing buildings.
After serving in an interim capacity since September, Christopher Stewart has been named the city's permanent CIO. Stewart brings 20 years of city experience and succeeds Stephen Elkins, who retired last year.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is now offering an on-demand bus service, Owl Link, that will take late-night workers in Lower Bucks County to and from bus stops between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The King County Council is postponing a vote on whether to ban facial recognition technology, citing the need for more research on the controversial topic. The council plans to revisit the issue May 19.
Construction of a new citywide fiber-optic network is set to begin in the coming months through a no-cost contract between the city and New Jersey-based SiFi Networks. The work is expected to cost the company $35 million.
Each winning city will receive an individualized Readiness Workshop and host of tech tools to help further its efforts toward becoming a smart city.