Some broadband providers are exploiting the Emergency Broadband Benefit program, says the Federal Communications Commission. Such providers may be targeted for legal action as investigation continues.
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The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act designates broadband Internet access as an essential service and targets billions of dollars to close the digital divide.
The U.S. Senate should promptly approve President Biden’s nominations to the FCC, including new appointee Gigi Sohn, a longtime advocate for open Internet and restoring “net neutrality” regulations.
Furthering efforts to make Illinois an eco-friendly leader in battling climate change, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law a package of incentives he said will boost the production of electric vehicles in the state.
Several rural towns in Massachusetts have taken on millions in broadband-related debt. State lawmakers may allow the towns to use American Rescue Plan Act dollars to lighten the debt for taxpayers.
Lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice mailed a letter to Portland's city attorney and police chief recommending that all uniformed officers wear body cameras. Questions remain about how the cameras would be used.
ResourceX, which works on Priority-Based Budgeting, has pulled in a seed investment round right as the federal government is poised to pump billions of dollars in infrastructure funding into state and local government.
“The exciting nature of it is that it opens up so many opportunities for state and local innovation around this issue,” said Amy Huffman, policy director for the National Digital Inclusion Alliance.
The recently-passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act sets aside roughly $6 billion for grant awards meant to expand capabilities of U.S.-based battery research and development, looking to shore up the supply chain.
West Virginia has joined a broad, bipartisan coalition in writing to the Federal Communications Commission in support of its efforts to reduce illegal robocallers' access to legitimate phone numbers.
Local police chiefs shared a number of observations about technology, transparency and the social responsibility of police departments during a webinar hosted by Veritone and Microsoft early last week.
As part of a project that affects multiple departments, Ohio is requiring unemployment insurance filers to create an account with the state's OH|ID platform. The ID will allow access to other state programs.
Following in the footsteps of states like Florida and Nevada, North Carolina now allows "neighborhood occupantless vehicles" to deliver goods to homes. Legislators wanted to get ahead of a growing industry.
A Federal Trade Commission report says the largest Internet service providers don't clearly inform customers about the many ways their data is used and often have "problematic interfaces" for customer data options.
Plus, Kansas City, Mo., launches new phase in digital equity work; Wisconsin unveils new broadband grants; Philadelphia debuts an online tax center; and a data map tackles chain restaurants.
Kansas, which has strong standing in the aeronautics industry, could help lead the future of aviation by developing air taxis and other forms of advanced air mobility that may end "transportation deserts."
When COVID-19 broke out nationwide, the avalanche of related health data overwhelmed the federal government's outdated data infrastructure. More needs to be done if the country is to be ready for the next health crisis.
According to officials, New Mexico's infrastructure has been chronically underfunded and insufficient. The state could receive as much as $3.7 billion from the federal infrastructure package.
The 2022 midterm elections will decide who controls the House and Senate. Perhaps more importantly, it will act as a gauge of citizens' belief in the electoral system since the Capitol riot.
Chandler is now the first municipality in Arizona to test mobile voting with Voatz, a blockchain-based technology that has been piloted to a limited extent in a handful of real elections.
Gov. Phil Murphy rejected a bill that would reimburse doctors and other medical providers in New Jersey the same rate for telehealth services as they charge for in-person appointments, saying the cost may be too steep.