Cloud & Infrastructure

Bipartisan bill aims to use grants to increase drone usage for infrastructure assessment

The legislation would authorize grants to use American drones for infrastructure assessment and maintenance as well as for workforce training and education.

USDA to test mobile SNAP payments with state partners

Five state pilot projects will help USDA determine the requirements and resources that would be necessary for participants to use phones, tablets or smart watches to receive their benefits.

Digital forms bring low-cost transparency, accessibility to city programs

With CiviForm -- an open source, shared software tool – Bloomington has streamlined the application process for scholarships, utilities assistance and IT equipment donations.

3G retirement blamed for some delayed Michigan election results

The Wayne County Clerk’s Office said the March retirement was partly responsible for delayed reporting in 65 counties across the state.

Civic engagement takes off with digital survey and respect for community feedback

An easily accessible cloud-based questionnaire and analytics tool helped Corona, California, get more than five times more responses from residents than previous efforts.

Bill aims to reclassify broadband as essential to promote net neutrality

Two Democratic senators unveiled a new bill to codify broadband as an essential service and prevent discriminatory practices.

Power struggles in Data Center Alley

Higher electricity load forecasts and transmission challenges may create reliability issues for new data center projects in Northern Virginia.

Why cities and towns see a huge economic opportunity in the semiconductor bill

As the legislation cleared the Senate on Wednesday, local leaders from tiny Taylor, Texas, to metropolitan Phoenix were eying the investment and jobs it could bring to their communities.

Digital hub finds new careers, available benefits for jobseekers

The cloud-based Hawaii Career Acceleration Navigator matches a users’ key skills to available jobs and streamlines unemployment claims processing and access to support services.

Why emergency calls sometimes can’t get through

Tragedies like Highland Park, Uvalde and Buffalo keep happening. We must upgrade our 911 systems to prevent robocalls and network hogs from clogging the network.

How rural communities can receive the digital infrastructure support they need

COMMENTARY | Bridging the rural-urban digital divide will depend on fundamental shifts in how we deploy money toward infrastructure in rural areas.

State election officials struggle with paper shortages, harassment, insider threats

Rather than focusing on threats from Russia or China, members of the National Association of State Elections Directors are now working to prevent insider threats.

Virginia to modernize traffic, traveler and road information services

The Department of Transportation is partnering with Iteris for data and video management and distribution.

FCC chair pushes for gigabit speed broadband

Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel wants to increase the national broadband standard to 100 megabits per second for downloads and 20 Mbps for uploads and proposed setting a separate national goal of 1 Gbps/500 Mbps.

The late-mover advantage: Faster, more successful tech adoption

State and local agencies are reaping the benefits of their previous caution, skipping the need to work out some of the modernization kinks that their speedier, private-sector counterparts faced.

Outdated technologies a risk for modern public safety

Public safety agencies that deal with complex missions and regional partners need up-to-date technology to effectively defend against cyber threats and streamline operations.

How state and local leaders can use data to ensure broadband access for all

COMMENTARY | To maximize the $65 billion in federal funds available to expand high-speed internet, governments must first identify the biggest barriers to access in their communities.