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Come get your broadband

Nearly two-thirds of states and territories have signaled their intention to get a piece of the new $45 billion broadband fund the NTIA unlocked earlier this month. The agency said Friday that 32 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have already submitted letters of intent to participate in the “Internet for All” initiative, including the BEAD grant program that's set to funnel hundreds of millions of dollars to states for new broadband construction over the next half-decade. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Another edtech vendor, another breach

A ransomware attack last December against the K-12 technology vendor Battelle for Kids is being pinned as the cause of a data breach reported last Friday by Chicago Public Schools, affecting 500,000 students over a four-year period and about 60,000 current and former employees. The attack went after teacher-evaluation software Battelle for Kids provides to CPS, and similar breaches have been reported by other school districts that use the software. Ben has more.

Ransomware Task Force, one year later

The federal government has made strides in deterring ransomware over the past year, but still has a number of milestones to reach, the Institute for Security and Technology’s Ransomware Task Force said Friday. A year after its initial report, which offered dozens of recommendations on how to counter ransomware, the task force said the U.S. has showed improvements, particularly with global collaboration. Read more on CyberScoop.

Rescue Plan still paying off

On the current episode of Priorities, New Hampshire CIO Denis Goulet talks about how his state is using relief funding from the American Rescue Plan. Goulet says the money continues to be used on everything from modernization to digital government. Listen to the podcast.

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