NTIA Releases NOFO for $42 Billion Broadband BEAD Program
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has released a notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) for its $42.45 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program that will provide broadband access grants to underserved or unserved communities.
Maryland Gov. Signs Three Cyber Bills into Law
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan further solidified Maryland’s commitment to cybersecurity by signing three bills that will fund new technology purchases and staff positions and solidify the state’s cyber policy structure.
GAO: Teachers Finding Limited Strategies to Mitigate Learning Loss
While the COVID-19 pandemic caused millions of students to have their education disrupted during the 2020-2021 school year, teachers have since reported finding limited strategies that could be helpful in mitigating learning loss, the Federal government’s top watchdog agency said in a new report.
Navy Postgraduate School Partnering with Microsoft for Emerging Tech
The Navy Postgraduate School (NPS) has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Microsoft to look to integrate and utilize emerging technologies in service of the warfighter and national security, Navy announced May 2.
Miami-Dade County Announces Three New Climate Tech Initiatives
The Mayor of Miami-Dade County in Florida announced that the county is beginning three new climate technology initiatives that will help cut down on wasted water, invest in ocean and climate tech, and regenerative ocean businesses, the county announced May 10.
Virginia Revises Telework Policy, Return to Office Set for July
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has released a new telework policy that aims to have Virginia state employees return to the office on July 5.
Delaware Tech Office Adds CAO, Broadband Program Manager
The Delaware state Department of Technology and Information (DTI) on May 5 announced two new key appointments – Jordan Schulties as chief of administration, and Tammy Shelton as Delaware broadband infrastructure grant manager.
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SLG Agencies Experience Big Shifts in Work Environment
As government agencies shift away from their remote-only work environment brought upon by the pandemic, state and local leaders discover the benefits of more flexible work schedules or locations led by service delivery.
Survey: Higher Ed Students Prefer Online Asynchronous Classes
A recent nationwide survey of higher education students found that a plurality of students prefer online asynchronous classes over other learning options, helping illuminate the changes the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to learning.
Virginia SBA, Kajeet Award $270K of Broadband Grants
The Virginia School Board Association and wireless service provider Kajeet on May 10 announced 2022 Virginia Education Broadband Grant awards totaling $270,000 to nine Virginia school districts. Each winning school district was awarded $30,000, which can be used to implement a combination of “Kajeet Education Broadband solutions, including Wi-Fi hotspots, school bus Wi-Fi, LTE-embedded Chromebooks, […]
California Governor Signs Blockchain-Friendly Executive Order
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on May 4 that aims to make the state more friendly to the use of blockchain technology.
Fed CIO Says Good CX Starts With ‘Meeting People Where They Are’
Federal CIO Clare Martorana said today that good customer experience (CX) in government starts with “meeting people where they are,” and doing so equitably in order to build back trust in government.
White House Lines up Broadband Providers, Websites for ACP
The White House said today it has lined up 20 service providers that will offer high-speed broadband service within the price points set forth in the government’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), and also went live with a Federal website that people can use to find the services.
FCC Commits Another $39M to ECF Program
The Federal Communications Commission said on May 4 it will commit another $39 million of Emergency Connectivity Funding (ECF) to help schools expand broadband access and the purchase of devices for students.
New Jersey Using ARP Funds for License Plate Recognition Technology
The state of New Jersey is using $10 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan’s State Fiscal Recovery Fund to invest in automated license plate recognition (ALPR) technology, Gov. Phil Murphy announced.
Fort Worth First City Government to Mine Bitcoin
Fort Worth has become the first city government in the United States to mine Bitcoin, embracing cryptocurrencies to become a leading center of technology and innovation.
Survey: Ransomware Attacks Rising in Frequency and Complexity
A recent survey on the State of Ransomware found that ransomware attacks are rising in both frequency and complexity, with 72 percent of the survey’s respondents saying that they have experienced an uptick in the volume, complexity, or severity of cyberattacks.
K-12 Schools Leveraging Distance Learning for Sustainability
While there are a lot of ways schools can tackle the issue of sustainability, many K-12 schools are utilizing technology – especially distance learning – to be more sustainable, according to a new white paper from Verizon.
Ohio Gov. Names New Cybersecurity Strategic Advisor
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine appointed Kirk Herath as the state’s cybersecurity strategic advisor, a new position created within DeWine’s administration.
K-12 IT Leaders Underestimate Cybersecurity Risks, Survey Finds
Although cybersecurity continues to be the top priority for K-12 IT leaders, they underestimate the risks to their systems, according to a new survey by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).
Duke University Hires Vice Provost for Learning Innovation and Digital Education
Duke University announced it has named Yakut Gazi – a veteran educator and administrator – to the newly created role of vice provost for learning innovation and digital education.