State & Local

Tech use in courts skyrockets, challenging those without internet access, study finds

Starting in March 2020, all 50 states and Washington, D.C., began offering video hearings, despite having never done so before.

White House Developing Digital, Community-Oriented Health Care Service

The White House is asking for examples of digital community health programs in the U.S. and abroad.

LA Secure app protects mobile users from security threats

The app prevents users on public Wi-Fi from inadvertently opening malicious links and accessing rogue networks.

Desperate for state workers, governors offer raises to keep them

Between a tight labor market, burnout and the pandemic, state agencies are struggling to find and keep workers.

The US is making plans to replace all of its lead water pipes from coast to coast

Most U.S. cities don’t know the exact location of buried lead service lines and don’t have enough data to map them. Replacing them will require significant analysis, modeling, data and some guesswork.

How the bipartisan infrastructure bill could jumpstart mobility on demand

Strategic adoption of mobility-on-demand and mobility-as-a-service models can help ease traffic congestion, reduce road accidents and cut carbon emissions.

Is your state ready to handle the influx of federal funds for expanding broadband?

Rolling out billions of dollars of funding will be a challenge for states without a history of evaluating applications – or those that are brand-new to the quickly growing field of digital equity.

America is investing billions in broadband. Let’s spend it wisely.

While the massive infusion of cash for broadband expansion is essential, the communities that receive grant funding -- and the network providers that help them -- must carefully consider how to spend the money they receive.

Building out Alaska's broadband infrastructure

The state’s geography, sparse population and harsh weather make fiber the preferred choice for middle-mile connections, according to a new report from the governor’s broadband task force.

Sacramento tests AI-powered cameras for school buses

Buses in Sacramento will be testing stop-arm cameras and artificial intelligence-enabled software that capture and analyze driver behavior around stopped buses.

Accessibility: A roadmap for creating an equitable experience

Improving accessibility requires a mix of training, leveraging technology and embracing the philosophy that continuous attention will ultimately makes the digital experience of all constituents better.

Infrastructure law: High-speed internet is as essential as water and electricity

Federal, state and local governments have an opportunity to ensure broadband infrastructure and funding is equitably distributed to improve the nation’s economic competitiveness and provide access to public services, such as health care and education.

Data transparency helps builds public faith in police

Making reliable data available quickly to local communities can foster the transparency that builds trust between law enforcement agencies and the general public.

Election officials have another year to fight disinformation

Before the midterms, local officials must upgrade their technology, expand efforts to secure the voting process and educate the public on the processes that protect election integrity.

EBT for broadband payments?

One idea for closing the digital divide in New York City proposes allowing underserved households to pay for high-speed internet with electronic benefit transfer cards.

NYC launches $157 million plan for broadband equity

The New York City Internet Master Plan outlines the city's strategy for bringing internet access to many of the city’s housing projects, or upwards of 1.6 million residents.

States bullish on chatbots, report finds

Digital assistants helped states deliver critical information to constituents during the pandemic.