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New Jersey's mainframe choice

As the State of New Jersey’s IBM mainframe reached its end-of-life in early 2020, officials found themselves at a technological crossroads: replace the expensive behemoth or find an alternative. They opted for an alternative, sticking with IBM for the computing giant’s mainframe-as-a-service and pushing it live in June. “We didn’t go out and buy new iron and stick it in our data center,” state CTO Chris Rein said. Colin Wood reports.

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Small school district cuts big ransomware check

A school district near San Antonio acknowledged last week that it recently paid ransomware actors nearly $550,000 to regain access to its systems and stop the publication of student and staff data after it was attacked earlier this summer. The 24,000-student  Judson Independent School District, located in Bexar County, Texas, acknowledged the payment in a statement on its website, stating that officials resigned to coughing up $547,045.61, telling local families that "there was no other choice for the district to ensure your safety." Benjamin Freed has the story.

A more-accurate mobile map

The FCC on Friday published its first ever national coverage map of 4G LTE wireless networks, which the agency’s interim chairwoman, Jessica Rosenworcel, called a preview of its future mapping efforts. The interactive map includes data voluntarily submitted by AT&T, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon, and is the first public test of new standardized criteria developed earlier this year by the FCC’s Broadband Data task force. “A good map is one that changes over time,” Rosenworcel said. Ryan Johnston has details.

Tennessee plans broadband buy

Tennessee will spend $500 million of the $3.7 billion it received in the American Rescue Plan to expand broadband, state officials said last Wednesday, though exactly where the money goes hinges on a statewide coverage map that’s still being developed. Gov. Bill Lee said $400 million will fund grants for internet service providers, while the remaining $100 million will be used to subsidize broadband service for low-income families over the next four years, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported. Ryan has more.

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