Ryan Johnston

Ryan Johnston

Staff Reporter

Ryan Johnston is a staff writer for StateScoop and EdScoop, where he writes about city and community efforts to expand technology access and utilize public data.

Johnston graduated from Wake Forest University in December 2017 with a major in communications and a minor in journalism and Latin American studies. He interned with Scoop News Group as an undergraduate, and returned for a year-long editorial fellowship in January 2018.
Johnston is a Vermont native and an avid golfer and soccer player, and resides in Washington, D.C.

County & Local

Cisco announces hotspot delivery program in Michigan

by Ryan Johnston • 1 day ago

A Cisco program will deliver outdoor Wi-Fi hotspots to 50 libraries and community centers around Detroit.


Are states relenting on municipal broadband during the pandemic?

by Ryan Johnston • 1 day ago

More states are relaxing limits on municipally controlled broadband networks as the health crisis drags on, raising the need for high-speed internet service.


California to enable virtual visits for state prisoners

by Ryan Johnston • 2 days ago

Inmates will be allowed to make video calls with approved visitors during the pandemic, according to the state's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.


NGA publishes broadband guide amid connectivity crisis

by Ryan Johnston • 5 days ago

A new report from the National Governors Association gives states recommendations on how they can close their digital divides as the pandemic drags on.


Communities close digital divide through racial, socioeconomic analysis

by Ryan Johnston • 6 days ago

Officials said approaching the digital divide through racial and socioeconomic lenses enables more meaningful and efficient uses of city resources.


Trust and engagement are key for post-pandemic 'smart cities'

by Ryan Johnston • 1 week ago

A city can only be smart if residents can access and trust its technology, New York City CTO John Paul Farmer said during the Smart Cities Live conference.