The pandemic demonstrated the importance of including everyone in our increasingly digitized society, but once people are connected to the Internet, do they know how to use it?
Identifying the areas with the greatest need for Internet connectivity is a tricky proposition, and existing FCC maps remain inadequate. Some state and local governments are forging ahead with their own efforts.
Unprecedented federal investment from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will soon land in state broadband offices. Maryland, Maine and Utah share their plans for putting those resources to use.
Getting all Americans connected is about more than running fiber to every house. Who needs it, who's paying for it and whether everyone has the skills to use it are all critical considerations as broadband networks expand.
Federal funds are coming for broadband expansion, but some local governments, like Fort Collins, Colo., have already been working to build their own city-owned and operated networks.
John Matelski, head of DeKalb County, Ga.'s Innovation and Technology Department, discusses shifting the county workforce to remote operations and what that has meant for his cybersecurity strategy.