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Education Dept. wants your broadband ideas

The Department of Education’s Office of Education Technology recently started hosting roundtable discussions with state, local and K-12 officials to gather ideas about how the $65 billion for broadband development in last year's infrastructure law can improve digital equity. The meetings are being held in conjunction with Digital Promise, a nonprofit group that promotes innovation in the education sector. Emily Bamforth reports.

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New York releases $62M for emergency wireless

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul this week announced the state is releasing $62.5 million to help counties upgrade the wireless technology that first responders and public safety officials use to communicate. The money comes from about three years' worth of 911 surcharges that are tacked onto New Yorkers' phone bills. “There are systems around the state that desperately need this money to upgrade whatever that equipment looks like," said Ryan Gregoire, legislative director of the New York State Association of Counties. Colin Wood has the story.

Yes, even dogecoin

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis made news earlier this year when he said his state would start taking tax payments in digital coins. Now, his re-election campaign is accepting donations in crypto, too, announcing yesterday that he'll take contributions valued in mainline tokens such as bitcoin and ethereum, as well as "memecoins" like dogecoin. In a press release, Polis said he hopes the move will "invite more Coloradans to learn about and unlock the boundless potential of the blockchain." Benjamin Freed has details.

Obama says he didn't see disinfo threat

Former President Barack Obama said Wednesday that during his presidency he did not foresee how rampant disinformation would pose threats to democracies worldwide, citing examples like election conspiracy theories and refusal of COVID-19 vaccines. “It’s something I grappled with a lot during my presidency, I saw it sort of unfold," he said in an interview with the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg. “But I think I underestimated the degree to which democracies were as vulnerable to it as they were, including ours.” Read more from CyberScoop's Suzanne Smalley.

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