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A 'slap in the face' at 5G speeds

The $9 billion plan the Federal Communications Commission announced Wednesday to expand 5G coverage into rural areas was criticized Thursday by lawmakers and state officials who say there’s little economic or technical rationale for building 5G infrastructure in rural areas that are still underserved by the previous generation of wireless technology. To Clay Purvis, the telecommunications director at the Vermont Department of Public Service, the FCC's sudden rush toward 5G is a "slap in the face" to states like his, which still has many regions struggling to get any mobile service at all. Ryan Johnston breaks it down.

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Top IT cop tops city IT shop

Jessica Tisch, the New York Police Department's deputy commissioner for information technology, will become New York's citywide chief information officer next Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced. Tisch, who's been with the NYPD since 2008 in a variety of counterterrorism and technology roles, will take over the city's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, which has been without a permanent leader since June, when then-CIO Samir Saini stepped down amid the fallout from an 11-day outage of a city-government wireless network. Benjamin Freed has more.

Louisville, Kentucky, hires senior FBI cyber official

Amy Hess, the most senior woman at the FBI and head of its Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch, is heading to Louisville, Kentucky, to work as a municipal security official, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said last month. As a senior FBI cyber official, Hess has spoken out about hacking threats from the Chinese and Russian governments, but also about how the FBI is working more closely with U.S. companies to guard against such threats. Hess is also known for raising concerns within the FBI about the bureau’s approach to trying to break into the iPhone of a perpetrator of the 2015 San Bernardino, California, terrorist attack. Sean Lyngaas has more on CyberScoop.

Six months after IT reorganization, Florida's deputy CIO steps down

Florida Deputy Chief Information Officer Heath Beach announced this week he’s stepping down in January, leaving leadership of the state’s newly reorganized technology agency conspicuously sparse. Even with the "deputy" in his title, Beach had been Florida's acting CIO since January, when Gov. Ron DeSantis announced plans to reorganize the state's IT governance. Colin Wood reports.

Grow beyond the transactional mindset, Maine CIO urges

Data and analytics should be changing how people in state government approach their work, Maine Chief Information Officer Fred Brittain tells StateScoop in a recent video interview. "We need to start rethinking the systems that we work on day-to-day," he says. Watch the interview.

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