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Pennsylvania's growing radio network

The Pennsylvania Statewide Radio Network, or PA-STARNet, got bigger this week as the commonwealth continues to shift its outdated public safety technology into the digital age. Jeremy Brown, director of the Columbia and Montour Counties 9-1-1 Center, said the move to the statewide network will cost about $10 million, but that a standalone replacement for its aging infrastructure would've cost twice as much.  “We decided that joining STARNet was the most financially responsible," he said. Colin Wood reports.

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Texas pushes citizen services growth with app

On this week’s episode of the Priorities podcast, Texas CIO Amanda Crawford says the state’s app, Texas by Texas, or TxT, is the foundation for future growth for online citizen services in the state. Texans have already conducted 1 million transactions on the app, and usage data continues to be on the rise, she says. Listen to the podcast.


Modernizing network capacity and security for the remote workforce

The State of Oklahoma and the City of Philadelphia are using key partnerships to simplify network architecture and lower operational costs, says Juniper Networks’ practice leader for state and local government, Ben Caruso. He highlights how state and local agencies can continue to optimize and secure their expanded networks for their remote workforce. Hear more from Caruso.

New York City's internet master plan is on hold

The $157 million Internet Master Plan that former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio launched more than two years ago is on pause while his successor, Eric Adams, decides on its future. “Anything that moves forward from this point, it’s this administration’s burden,” New York CTO Matt Fraser told city lawmakers last month. Benjamin Freed has details.


WATCH: State Department’s CISO on treating data as a strategic asset to shape diplomacy

Donna Bennett, chief information security officer for the U.S. State Department, shares why data and security go hand in hand when shaping strategies around zero trust. The agency is using data to improve how employees meet their diplomatic mission by ensuring secure and protected access to sensitive information, no matter which device an employee uses to access the network, she says. Watch Bennett’s full interview here.

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