There’s no “right” answer to that question. But there is plenty of vital broadband data results in store for the state through its June 21 call for Florida residents to test the speeds of their broadband services, and at the same time contribute broadband service mapping data that the state can use to help identify opportunities for service expansion.

To keep its roads clear, Florida is turning to technology. The state has contracted with Iteris, a smart mobility infrastructure management provider, to launch a $5 million multi-year initiative intended to improve traffic flow and safety, while also reducing carbon emissions.

Human risk and error still represent the most significant cyber breach vectors, and with the dispersion of user-device network endpoints away from traditional networks during the coronavirus pandemic, those two vectors are only becoming more challenging to address, state and local government officials said during a Nov. 22 GovTech webinar.

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Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is asking the FBI and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide more information on the recent attempt by cyber criminals to poison the water supply at an Oldsmar, Fla. water treatment facility.

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The state of Florida hired Nancy Sampson as its first  chief data officer (CDO). Sampson, who will provide vision and strategy for all data management activities for the state, started in the new role on Oct. 27.

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities (WWC) initiative added five new partner cities: Athens, Ga.; Chula Vista, Calif.; Colorado Springs; Gainesville, Fla.; and Palmdale, Calif. With the new additions WWC is now partnering with 95 cities across the country. The WWC initiative is working to improve the effectiveness of local governments by enhancing their use of data […]

This hurricane season has already been one of the most destructive on record. Verizon is stepping up its efforts to support public safety and relief efforts in storm-battered states. Most importantly, the company is focused on repairing damaged communications networks and infrastructure to help governments focus on other restoration efforts.

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