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Montana latest state to build broadband coverage map

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte announced yesterday the state has contracted with Lightbox, a New York City real estate analytics company, to build out a map of broadband coverage. The state is ranked dead last in broadband access, according to BroadbandNow, with nearly 30% of the population lacking access to a wired broadband connection. The map contract is a first step in the state spending $275 million in broadband funding. Ryan Johnston reports.

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Pittsburgh's acting CIO to go full-time

Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey on Monday nominated Acting CIO Heidi Norman to serve as the city’s permanent top technology official. Norman has served in an acting CIO role for the city since late 2020, when she was promoted from deputy director of innovation. Norman told StateScoop last November that the city will this year begin installing a new fiber network to connect 130 government buildings.   Ryan has more.


Adopting open-source platforms to modernize citizen services

CIO Wayne Glaus with Tennessee's Dept. of Human Services joins two industry experts to discuss how states can use open-source platforms to better engage with constituents and improve the digital services they deliver. Hear more from the experts.

Could an antitrust bill weaken privacy?

CyberScoop's Tonya Riley reports that critics of a bill in Congress designed to break up America’s largest tech companies say it could bring an inadvertent side effect: weakening Americans’ privacy and data security. Detractors of the “American Innovation and Choice Online Act,” including Apple and Google, are campaigning against the legislation, contending that it would limit how companies are able to protect users’ privacy and security. Read more on CyberScoop.


Setting a new standard of security to meet modern threats

Over the last two years, as government agencies expand their hybrid-cloud environments, IT leaders across federal, state and local government have seen unprecedented levels of cyberthreats against their networks. Cisco’s Marc Moffett discusses a new benchmark for assessing security and trust. Hear more from Moffett.

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