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Louisiana first to receive BEAD broadband grant

Louisiana became the first state to receive an award from the federal government’s “Internet for All” program, the NTIA announced Wednesday. The nearly $3 million grant will go toward the state’s digital-equity efforts and preparations for its full share of the NTIA’s $42.5 billion Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment fund, which was created in last year's infrastructure law. "Everywhere there’s not high-speed internet today, there’s a market reason, and we have to figure out how to solve that market issue," said Andy Berke, the NTIA's special representative for broadband. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Change is hard, but not as much if you manage it

Changes to how people work inevitably follow any large state IT project, and that’s not always welcome, Oregon Chief Information Officer Terrence Woods told StateScoop in a recent interview. “It’s easy for us to watch other people change, but when it pertains to us it’s very hard, so it means a lot of early communication and putting together a change-management plan,” Woods said. Woods said that in his state he advocates for the use of Prosci’s ADKAR framework, a change-management model that provides a rigorous series of steps designed to steer projects toward success. Colin Wood breaks down that acronym.


T-Mobile executive discusses strategies for investing in 5G

Access to 5G in the U.S. is here and as state IT leaders consider strategic moves towards modernizing connectivity, it is important to also understand the impact today’s investment decisions have on their ability to get the most value out of future 5G connectivity, shares T-Mobile VP, Dave Bezzant. He discusses 5G strategies, how industry partnerships and managed services add value to agencies’ investments and shares examples of 5G innovations that can improve connectivity. Watch the full interview here.

Louisville, Ky., codifies open data portal

Louisville, Kentucky’s Metro Council unanimously voted to codify the city’s open data practice and portal into law more than a decade after it was established via executive order. Grace Simrall, the city’s chief of civic innovation technology, oversees the effort. “We’re making a distinction here where open data is information that is in a machine-readable format, used by both residents and businesses to answer questions, inform decisions they’re making and certainly for our own policymakers to educate them and help them when they are drafting legislation,” Simrall says on a new episode of the Priorities Podcast. Listen to the podcast.


Guarding against the growing business of cybercrime

Public sector organizations play essential roles in making our society function; it’s incumbent upon them to develop more effective strategies to better detect and respond to cyber threats — and meet increasingly stringent requirements to qualify for cyber insurance. Brenden Smith, FirstBank CISO and David Kruse, Tetra Defense’s Director of Insurance Alliances, share their insights on developing more effective security approaches and improving cyber readiness. Hear more from the executives. 

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