county & local news
FirstNet approves $82 million budget for 2020
The budget also includes $82 million in reserve funding and $145 million in network reinvestment.
FirstNet's new 'roadmap' offers preview of network's future
Expanding the network's "deployables fleet" and improving in-building coverage fall under six priorities outlined in FirstNet's latest planning document.
Court rejects FCC order bypassing 5G build reviews on tribal lands
Telecommunications companies will need to pass environmental and historical reviews before installing wireless equipment, after all.
Next-generation 911 gets $109 million boost
Funding authorized in 2012 is now being dispensed to 34 states and territories. But a full nationwide upgrade could require more than $12 billion.
North Carolina considers loosening municipal broadband regulations
State lawmakers are considering a bill that would open up opportunities for communities to build and run their own broadband infrastructure.
Elizabeth Warren proposes $85 billion in broadband grants
The Democratic presidential candidate says she wants to expand high-speed internet access by promoting municipal and publicly owned service providers.
West Virginia and Denver say mobile voting pilots increased turnout
New research credits the Voatz app with slightly boosting ballots cast by overseas voters, but other reports raise questions about the reliability of online voting.
FCC orders ISPs to supply accurate broadband coverage maps
The long-criticized practice of registering service availability by census block will be replaced by polygonal outlines showing exactly where service is available.
Why state and local government should prioritize IT standards
Commentary: Red Hat's Bill Hirsch says IT standards are extremely valuable — so why aren't more state and local agencies adopting them?
How cities and states are preparing for the first digital census
Technology is playing a central role in community preparation efforts, as organizers attempt to ensure that no one is left uncounted in 2020.