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Is it time to expand E-Rate?

The Federal Communications Commission has promoted several emergency measures to boost broadband connectivity during the pandemic, but FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel told StateScoop that now is the time to finally expand E-Rate, the subsidy program that provides connectivity funding to schools and libraries that need it most. “I’ve been railing at the FCC about it for years,” Rosenworcel said. “But now with this pandemic, we’ve sent millions of students home and told them to learn from their dining room table. So what is going to happen to all of those students who can’t connect? Ryan Johnston explores the issue.

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5 states boost their use of traffic data

Louisiana, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Texas have all in the past three months signed up for or expanded their contracts with Inrix, a company that provides real-time data on roadway traffic conditions. Hoping to drive efficiency, and reduce roadway deaths, the states are putting data at the center of projects to better understand what causes traffic and how the most dangerous roadway conditions can be eliminated or at least dynamically advertised to drivers. Colin Wood has more.

As the pandemic drags on, states face new tests

Counting errors, political feuds and an absence of data standards is undermining state efforts to manage the pandemic. Beth Blauer, the executive director of the Johns Hopkins University Centers for Civic Impact, cited a recent glitch in Iowa's coronavirus data platform that artificially lowered the state's reported numbers of new infections and positive diagnostic test results as one of several cases in recent memory complicating government's response to the health crisis. A lack of federal guidance all the while is further frustrating matters, she said. "The biggest tension is there’s no leadership from the federal perspective on data standards. Ordinarily this is something we’d lean on [the Centers for Disease Control] to help," Blauer said. Benjamin Freed reports.


Strengthening security by improving device visibility

State and local agencies need to make it easier and safer for employees to work remotely. IT security experts discuss strategies to get the most from existing security tools and gain greater visibility of devices accessing the network. By increasing the visibility of identity, access and how remote devices are configured, agencies can reduce network risks. Listen to the full discussion.

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