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Plus, the Federal Communications Commission has committed an additional $1 billion to the Emergency Connectivity Fund program, California looks to improve its procurement processes for tech services, and more.
Harris County, Texas, is turning to a managed private network to bring broadband connectivity to disadvantaged households. Officials hope the effort will increase access to distance learning.
Veteran public chief information officer Bill Kehoe wants to grow and streamline the citizen experience to match what they get in the private sector while also trying to get everyone connected.
Placer County just approved a project that aims to expand high-speed Internet access to 1,500 households in Auburn, North Auburn and Penryn. The project is expected to be finished by October 2022.
The project is part of the company's $4.8 million federal Rural Digital Opportunity Fund grant, awarded in January, that will expand its Cumberland County network to an estimated 5,900 homes and small businesses.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike is poised to make millions by selling excess space on its network. The agency has nearly completed two projects totaling $95 million to install fiber-optic cable along roughly 220 miles of the highway.
Las Vegas has entered into a partnership with Cox Communications to set up a “managed private network” in a public park. The system uses video surveillance, sensors and other technology to evaluate park activity.
County officials approved a $175,000 consulting contract to develop a strategic plan to expand broadband accessibility. Thousands of residents are without access to high-speed Internet service.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced this week that the MITRE Engenuity Open Generation 5G Consortium will bring 5G to the 50-mile drone corridor between the cities of Syracuse and Rome.
The Atlanta suburb known for smart city and connected vehicle developments will launch four electric, autonomous shuttles on a three-mile route. The project will use the city’s 5G-enabled V2X infrastructure.
Plus, a new report addresses ways the country’s largest county can get all of its citizens connected; San Jose, Calif., launches a new initiative to aid with Internet affordability; and more.
City officials this week allowed an electronic cooperative in Northeast Mississippi the option to use its utility poles to provide broadband services more efficiently to some Tupelo residents.
Under a recently proposed Wisconsin bill, lawmakers are considering the use of federal relief funds to create a grant program aimed at expanding the state's wireless broadband and cellular service.
Within about two years, East Hartford, Conn., expects to have the capacity to offer 10GB Internet speeds to every household and business. The project is possible due to a $40 million private investment.
To address racial and ethnic disparities, Massachusetts lawmakers are considering reducing Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority fares and shoring up Internet infrastructure with American Rescue Plan Act funds.