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Broadband, fiber-optic cable, Wi-Fi, 5G and more. Stories on efforts toward closing the digital divide in state and local government and getting everyone online. Includes coverage of internal networks.

Plus, Chicago has posted a new RFI related to expanding broadband access throughout the entire city, Pittsburgh has announced a new digital equity coalition, North Carolina has a digital equity grant program and more.
The Lincoln Board of Education gave initial consideration to a 10-year contract that would allow the district to connect to a network of dark fiber, which are unused strands of cable already installed that can be leased.
The City Council this week approved an application for a middle-mile infrastructure grant that was part of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed by Congress and supported by President Joe Biden.
From “cloud first” to “cloud smart,” public-sector agencies have been moving systems off-premises for years. CIOs reflect on what is in the cloud, what can be and what it takes to make the leap.
The federal Affordable Connectivity Program helps people get high-speed Internet at home for $30 a month, but enrollment is at less than 40 percent among eligible households across the country.
Plus, the NTIA has updated its guide for federal broadband funding; New York City is offering free municipal broadband to housing authority residents; a new paper explores telehealth’s impact on maternal health; and more.
It's a relative newcomer in the world of enterprise IT, but it's been making waves — especially in the public sector, and especially since the beginning of the pandemic. So what is HCI, and why is it growing?
For Chicago Ridge Public Library, funding from the Emergency Connectivity Fund has gone toward purchasing new laptops and Wi-Fi hot spots to help residents connect to the Internet.
After being put on hold in May 2022, the Internet Master Plan has been in a state of limbo as officials map the next steps. Another newly announced undertaking, however, promises to put a dent in the digital divide in the meantime.
There is interest in providing broadband access in Joplin as those hired to conduct a search for the service gather information about potential contractors or providers, the City Council was told Monday night.