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Baltimore mayor launches digital service

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott last week announced the city will invest $3.2 million in federal relief funding to modernize technology and improve the performance and equity of its services. The upgrades, which draw from the city’s share of American Rescue Plan funding, include the launch of two new programs: Baltimore Digital, an office tasked with improving access to city services, and a new City Performance Team housed in the mayor’s office, tasked with building “a more holistic and comprehensive approach to performance management.” Colin Wood has more.

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New York City plans big public-housing internet push

New York Mayor Eric Adams and city CTO Matt Fraser yesterday announced the citywide expansion of a program that's aiming to bring free internet and basic-cable service to 300,000 residents of the city's public-housing developments. At a Brooklyn press conference, Fraser suggested past mayors' attempts to close New York's digital divide had fallen short. "You had kids sent home with devices to pre-war buildings, and as soon as they stepped through the door those devices wouldn’t work," he said. Benjamin Freed had the story.


Cryptocurrency presents new challenges and opportunities for local authorities

Cryptocurrency has ushered in a new way for consumers and businesses to transfer value. That’s presenting new challenges — and new opportunities — for state and local governments and law enforcement agencies, according to Kat Faley, director of state and local government at Chainalysis, a blockchain data and software service provider, in a new StateScoop podcast. Listen to the interview.

Former D.C., Chicago transportation chief to run new EV office

The Biden administration this morning announced that Gabe Klein, a former transportation director for both the District of Columbia and Chicago, will run a new $7.5 billion program building a nationwide network of electric-vehicle charging stations, CNN reports. Klein will lead the new Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, which was created in last year's infrastructure law. Since 2016, Klein's been a founder and principal at CityFi, a civic tech consulting practice that's helped several jurisdictions develop "smart cities" plans. Read more at CNN.


WATCH: Giving states reliable, robust and resilient networks

Tony Bardo, AVP for Hughes, on why broadband technologies offer more power and bandwidth, giving state and local government agencies more speed to be responsive to customers. He also highlights why leveraging managed network service providers gives the flexibility to take advantage of modern solutions—like SD-Wan—for secure, reliable, robust and resilient communications that they can use at their disposal to serve citizens. Hear more from Bardo.

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