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Lack of broadband makes you sicker

A disproportionate number of North Carolina residents who live in the rural western part of the state lack access to adequate health care because of poor broadband availability, according to a study published on Friday by the North Carolina Department of Information Technology. The study, which looked at 20 counties scattered across Appalachia, found significantly higher rates of heart disease and respiratory illnesses where telehealth services — which have had renewed importance since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic — were the least available. Ryan Johnston reports.

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Counties need money — and soon

County-government leaders from around the country said last week they’ve been able to use some of the federal relief funds they received in March on technology needs related to the coronavirus pandemic, but that much more will be needed — and with greater spending flexibility — as the health crisis continues to drain their budgets. In total, county governments nationwide stand to face budget shortfalls totaling $202 billion due to COVID-19, leaders of the National Association of Counties said. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans are expected to unveil a $1 trillion relief bill that contains no money for state or local governments. Benjamin Freed has more.

New York State invokes cybersecurity law

New York regulators last week charged an insurer with violating state cybersecurity law for allegedly exposing hundreds of millions of documents that included Americans’ personal data, including Social Security numbers and financial information, CyberScoop's Jeff Stone reports. The charges, filed against the First American Title Insurance Company, the country's second-biggest real estate title insurer, are the first time New York State has enforced its powers to police how financial firms protect customer data. Read more on CyberScoop.

Digital Government: The Next Decade

From simmering advancements in artificial intelligence to recent applications of public health monitoring brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, the public sector’s use of technology is changing quickly. From the continued adoption of cloud computing to the growing demand for online services, a StateScoop special report dives into what's next for digital government. Read the full report.

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