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'A closer look'

The FCC's announcement last week that it’s finished collecting granular, geolocation-based data from internet service providers marked a major turning point in its long-running quest to build a new nationwide map of broadband coverage. Next up is opening the dataset to state and local broadband officials to challenge the information before the first draft of the map goes live later this fall. “We’ll be very active in reviewing the map,” Nate Denny, North Carolina's deputy secretary of broadband and digital equity, told StateScoop. “We are certainly interested in getting more granular understanding of who’s served, who’s underserved and who’s unserved.” Benjamin Freed reports.

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It was Vice Society all along

The ransomware outfit known as Vice Society has claimed credit for an attack earlier this week that disabled several IT systems at the Los Angeles Unified School District, according to a report by DataBreachToday. Vice Society was the subject of a CISA and FBI advisory earlier this week about Vice Society's preference for attacking the education sector. A group of edtech organizations are also using the incident to call on the FCC to expand the E-Rate program to cover cybersecurity products. Ben has more.

Hot, bothered volunteers map heatwave

The San Francisco Bay Area — along with the rest of the state — is experiencing record-breaking temperatures, making it the perfect time to collect data to track the impact of extreme heat in the region. A group of more than 30 volunteers last week began gathering detailed information on how heat is distributed, by driving around the city with sensors mounted on their cars. The community heat mapping project, called Urban Heat Watch, is part of efforts by the city to understand and address health inequities exacerbated by temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Lindsay McKenzie has details.

Amy Tong on her big promotion

On the Priorities Podcast this week, California Secretary of Government Operations Amy Tong talks about how her decade in IT leadership roles, including nearly six years as CIO, prepared her for the Cabinet-level role in Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration. Listen to the podcast.

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