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Ladies and gentlemen: Infrastructure weekend

NASCIO and other groups representing state and local officials praised the House voting late Friday night to approve a $1.2 trillion infrastructure spending bill that includes a new, $1 billion cybersecurity grant program and $65 billion for broadband development. "The creation of this grant program is a significant step toward improving the cyber resilience for state and local governments across the country. The state CIOs and CISOs look forward to playing a significant role in the implementation of this grant program," Matt Pincus, NASCIO's government affairs director, said. The bill, which the Senate approved in August, now goes to President Biden. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Oaktown tries to close the gap

Officials in Oakland, California, committed on Thursday to providing internet access to more than 90% of the city’s unconnected homes in the next five years through a new partnership with EducationSuperHighway, a national broadband advocacy nonprofit. Mayor Libby Schaaf said the #OaklandUndivided coalition will focus on projects like outfitting apartment complexes with free, building-wide Wi-Fi networks. Ryan Johnston has details.

A REvil roundup

Two cybercrime suspects accused of launching 5,000 ransomware attacks and netting roughly $579,000 were arrested by Romanian authorities, Europol announced Monday. The suspects allegedly used the REvil ransomware strain, the malware variant associated with a notorious Russian cybercrime gang that’s been used in a recent string of high-profile international ransomware incidents, and many attacks against state and local agencies in the United States. CyberScoop's AJ Vicens has the latest.

First responders say they want better tech interoperability

A majority of police officers and other emergency responders feel their communications technologies are capable of supporting their work, but many still say there’s a need for greater interoperability between devices, agencies and networks, according to a survey published by Verizon last week. The survey found that 70% of cops, firefighters and emergency medical personnel are comfortable with the devices they're using now, but 80% said they're concerned about interoperability across differing technologies. Ben has more.

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