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Looking for a lifeline on NG911

Emergency call centers across the nation are “doing a good job” upgrading to modern technology compatible with next-generation 911, but their core infrastructure needs a boost, according to a recent analysis from the public-safety consulting firm Mission Critical Partners. The company recently found that while agencies are implementing strategic plans keeping their systems up-to-date, the emergency services IP networks and next-generation core services aren’t being upgraded as quickly. President Biden's domestic spending plan includes $470 million for NG911 upgrades, though full nationwide implementation is expected to cost nearly $13 billion. Colin Wood reports.

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LocalSmart Awards highlight county execs

StateScoop continues its LocalSmart Awards series by sharing interviews with winners in the GoldenGov: County Executive of the Year category. The nation’s top county executives shared what they’ve been working on, how the pandemic has transformed their work and their thoughts on leadership in trying times. Meet the winners.

CIOs' pandemic shifts will benefit states, New Hampshire IT chief says

The elevated profiles that state chief information officers enjoyed during the COVID-19 pandemic is one that could benefit state governments for years to come, New Hampshire CIO Denis Goulet told StateScoop last month. “If the CIO can speak in terms that resonates with the governor and legislature and influencers int he state, we’ll be able to do a better job,” Goulet said during a video interview at the NASCIO conference. Watch the interview.

Infrastructure law could be 'life-changing' for broadband

Since President Biden signed the $1 trillion infrastructure act into law last week, state broadband officials have expressed optimism that its $65 billion in broadband funding can close their digital divides for good. Around the country, advocates and state lawmakers have spoken out in the past week with words of encouragement for their unserved communities, assuring that this new investment will finally enable states to reach 100% connectivity. Ryan Johnston has details.

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