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Broadband internet can help rural communities connect -- if they use it

Broadband access is not enough to engage rural citizens; supporting and encouraging internet use is vital to addressing the persistent digital divide, a new study shows.

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States resist ‘critical infrastructure’ designation for election systems

A group of state officials formally opposed the move by DHS to protect their systems through a critical infrastructure designation.

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IT, networking, smart lighting buys booming in state and local market

Cross-disciplinary IT services, connectivity and smart lighting are among the top 10 growth areas in government contracting, according to a new market research report.

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FirstNet finds experience to be the best teacher

The lessons learned from the early builder projects help FirstNet evaluate technical standards and capabilities, test new equipment and refine plans for future rollouts.

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Reducing incarceration with technology

Safety and Justice Challenge grant winners are working to address local justice disparities through innovative reforms.

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Lessons on emergency preparedness from the presidential inauguration

Fast, secure and reliable communication is critical for local emergency managers and law enforcement agencies responsible for major events.

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Locking down voting tech

State election officials are making plans to tighten security all along the voting chain -- from voter registration to machine integrity and audit trails -- with help from the Department of Homeland Security under the new critical infrastructure designation.

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Workplace by Facebook ramps up agency collaboration

The user-friendly interface isn't just making group discussions easier -- it's fostering conversations that weren’t likely to happen otherwise.

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Wiring up the connected city

The Connected City Blueprint identifies smart cities’ connectivity options, their benefits and the value propositions.

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KC shares its smart city data, best practices

At a recent workshop, Kansas City, Mo., demonstrated how big data can be used to improve city performance.

The debate over muni broadband expansion

The debate over muni broadband expansion

As communities across the country continue to clamor for high-speed broadband, the number of critics speaking out against municipal broadband is growing.

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Troopers use ‘big data’ to predict crash sites

Highway patrols are tapping into big data to predict where serious or fatal traffic accidents are likely to take place so they can try to prevent them.

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Birmingham gets smart

Birmingham, Ala., is building a smart city future -- and is starting to see the fruits of its labor.

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5 cities win smart city grants

Five cities were awarded $250,000 worth of technology and consulting services as winners of the Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant.

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Advice for the incoming class of CDOs

A new report aims to flatten the learning curve for new chief data officers.

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