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Although AT&T and Verizon received approval from the Federal Communications Commission to launch wide-scale 5G, some experts are concerned that 5G signals could dangerously interfere with flight landings.
Plus, Missouri names a new director for the state's Office of Broadband Development, a grant in the San Francisco area aims to expand digital skills training for incarcerated individuals, and more.
After an eight-year tenure as CIO of Chattanooga, Tenn., Brent Messer has left his role. His replacement is Tyson Morris, who serves as global head of architecture, platforms and marketing operations for Coca-Cola.
The Affordable Connectivity Program, created by the federal infrastructure bill, covers up to $30 a month of participants’ home broadband service and provides up to $100 to help purchase a device.
U.S. regulations in many cases require commercial helicopters — including air ambulances and other operators — to have a functioning radar altimeter. But new frequencies being shifted to 5G may render them unreliable.
Daviess Fiscal Court is one step closer to entering into a contract with a broadband Internet service provider in an effort to bring high-speed fiber Internet availability to rural Daviess County.
Louisiana's Office of Broadband Development and Connectivity is running a new grant program called Granting Unserved Municipalities Broadband Opportunities (GUMBO). First-round grant winners will be announced in March.
The Maryland Department of Health said a ransomware attack is what disrupted its systems and services last month. Although officials didn't state much about the attack, they said the ransom wasn't paid.
Plus, the public comment period is now open for the broadband programs within the new infrastructure bill; Maine has named the first leader for its broadband authority; and a New Jersey city works on digital inclusion.
Rep. Pam Marsh, D-Ashland, announced Wednesday she will introduce legislation to leverage an expected $200 million in federal dollars to expand Internet services in underserved Oregon communities.
During an Ector County, Texas, Commissioners Court meeting, Net Ops Communication made a case for using a portion of Ector County’s $32 million of coronavirus relief funds to lay high-speed fiber-optic lines in the area.
The emergency radio system in Delaware County, Pa., has been hijacked multiple times in recent years. The system, which was put in place during the 1970s, is overdue for a $50 million upgrade.
Cumberland County Mayor Allen Foster has proposed using American Rescue Plan Act money, $3 million specifically, to help close the digital divide in the county. The county has a total of $11.74 million in ARPA funds.
Private investment, coupled with an unprecedented level of public investment from the recently passed infrastructure law, has presented the right mix of ingredients for even more public- and private-sector collaborations.
Plus, Iowa awards more than $200 million in federal broadband grant funding to rural communities; New York City puts out the call for Open Data Week civic tech programming proposals; and more.