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Atlanta CIO stepping down

Atlanta Chief Information Officer Gary Brantley plans to leave city government at the end of this week after more than two years in the role, city officials told StateScoop. Brantley confirmed he had accepted a private-sector “c-suite” job, but declined to name his new employer. Brantley was hired in September 2018, while Atlanta was still recovering from a debilitating ransomware attack that stands as one of the worst cyberattacks against a U.S. city. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Municipal broadband is having a big year

The coronavirus pandemic has made expanding at-home broadband access a priority for every state government. But attempts to do this at the local level have been mixed thanks to some states limiting what investments communities can make. Yet more cities are leaning into municipal broadband as the health crisis continues, say guests on the newest episode of StateScoop's podcast, Priorities. “They see this as taking their economic future in their own hands,” says Teresa Ferguson, a broadband engagement director in Colorado, where more than 140 communities have opted out of a 2005 state law banning municipal internet service. Ryan Johnston hosts.

Cisco announces hotspot delivery program in Michigan

Fifty libraries and community centers around Michigan will be outfitted with Wi-Fi hotspots provided by Cisco, the company announced this week, in order to provide socially-distant internet access for students. The devices, which will be mounted in and around Detroit, are part of a Cisco program that's also outfitted libraries in Arizona with outdoor hotspots this year. Ryan has more.

MS-ISAC hits five digits

The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, the organization through which state and local governments trade tips and get guidance on cybersecurity, recently enrolled its 10,000th member since its 2004 creation. The milestone comes as the Center for Internet Security, the Upstate New York nonprofit that runs the MS-ISAC, marks its 20th anniversary. “The pitch is we’re all in this together,” Mike Alperti, the ISAC’s senior director, told StateScoop. Going forward, the group plans to keep growing by adding more small, local government agencies Read more about the big 10K.

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