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Alaska creates broadband office for federal infrastructure funds

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Tuesday signed legislation creating a statewide broadband office and a fund to cover the steep costs of connecting the state’s vast, rural landscape. The new law follows on recommendations made by an advisory group last year that explored Alaska’s standing as the least-connected state in the country, and sets the state up to receive and manage the hundreds of millions of dollars its expected to receive for broadband expansion under last year's infrastructure law. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Parking meter busted? Cities push apps

Much to the frustration of visitors and local residents in Syracuse, New York, many of the city’s parking meters aren’t in working order at the moment. Card payments are frequently declined, cash payments are rejected and “out-of-order” messages have been displayed on the city’s aging fleet of 300 parking meters. While drivers wait for new, working meters, city officials are telling them to use third-party payment apps, like Flowbird. Lindsay McKenzie has more.

Maryland helps fund SANS cyber training center

The cybersecurity certification firm SANS Institute on Tuesday announced a new training academy in Maryland with support from the state government. The center, which aims to augment a cybersecurity sector that has as many as 700,000 unfilled positions in the U.S., will allow Maryland residents with or without cybersecurity expertise to gain new certifications within months. Colin Wood has the story.

Georgia CTO Steve Nichols steps down after 20 years

Steve Nichols, who’s served as Georgia’s statewide CTO since 2002, said Monday he’s leaving the at role at the end of the month to take a role with Gartner, the multinational technology consulting firm. Nichols, who's served with five different CIOs over the years, told StateScoop his job swayed between doing more hands-on operations and holding more of a policy-focused role. “I just try to be helpful,” he said. “Every time the job has been a little different.” Ben has more.

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