"New America"

Disability rights group sues San Diego, e-scooter companies for clogging sidewalks

by Betsy Foresman • 1 day ago

Disability Rights California claims in a suit filed earlier this month that e-scooters are blocking walkway access for people with disabilities.

Broadband expert says USDA shutdown is hurting rural internet expansion

by Ryan Johnston • 5 days ago

The government's partial shutdown may affect communities seeking grants, though experts say more technical help is available today than ever before.

40 startups named in Startup in Residence's 2019 cohort

by Ryan Johnston • 2 weeks ago

The companies will pair with 22 local governments to develop innovative government solutions over the next 16 weeks.

Miami Beach PD circumvents ban on drone surveillance with a blimp

by Betsy Foresman • 2 weeks ago

The "sleek, yet friendly"-looking tethered aerostat has dredged up old questions of safety versus privacy.

California Gov. Newsom orders procurement reform for faster wildfire response

by Benjamin Freed • 2 weeks ago

The new governor said the state will solicit bids for firefighting technology using a process that gives vendors broad authority to define the solutions.

On cybersecurity, North Dakota wants to 'change the conversation completely'

by Colin Wood • 3 weeks ago

In a highly-connected rural state, North Dakota's top IT officials are trying to usher in policies that could change how state government thinks about security.

Paperless government could be coming to New Jersey

by Ryan Johnston • 4 weeks ago

Legislation now making its way through the state Senate would establish a task force to evaluate whether a paper-free executive branch is feasible.

How skeptics called Big Telecom's bluff on broadband coverage maps

by Ryan Johnston • 1 month ago

An unreliable map spurred an investigation that included one researcher who drove more than 7,000 miles, recruited a Bulgarian app developer, and forced the FCC ask a lot of questions.

Washington governor proposes statewide broadband office

by Benjamin Freed • 1 month ago

A less-publicized element of Gov. Jay Inslee's proposed budget calls for a $1.2 million agency to expand internet connectivity throughout the state.

Microsoft expands rural broadband initiative to 25 states

by Ryan Johnston • 2 months ago

Its Airband initiative is slated to provide high-speed internet to three million people by 2022.

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