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Rosenworcel is optimistic about broadband growth

Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel offered measured confidence Monday about expanding broadband connectivity in schools following the pandemic. Addressing a virtual roundtable meeting of local officials from around Maryland, Rosenworcel promoted a trio of programs funded by Congress and the FCC aimed at improving connectivity for disadvantaged schools and communities, including the commission's new rural broadband mapping initiative, an emergency broadband subsidy for low-income households and $7 billion in new technology funding for schools and libraries. “There are many things we started a year ago, but the next best time is right now,” she said. “I have this cautious optimism that we’re on the cusp of getting a lot done.” Ryan Johnston reports.

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Cyber hygiene comes to the statehouse

The nonprofit National Cybersecurity Center yesterday kicked off a new initiative to offer training sessions on cyber hygiene and IT security to elected officials in state governments and their staff members. The program will feature virtual briefings, on-demand workshops and other materials addressing not only good online safety measures, but also an overview of the many different cyberthreats state and local governments face. The point of the training will be to provide state legislators, who are responsible for funding IT and cybersecurity policies, with information from industry experts. Benjamin Freed has details.

Cast your votes for the StateScoop 50

Voting is now open for the nominees of the 2021 StateScoop 50 Awards. There are more than 180 people and projects up for voting in this year's program, which highlights the top leaders and initiatives across state government IT. Voting will be open until April 16. Go here to vote.

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