county & local news
Coalition urges Senate to provide immediate pandemic relief to state and local governments
A coalition of businesses, unions and government organizations urged Congress to pass financial relief to avoid state and local budget disasters.
FCC didn't follow GAO's 2018 recommendations to improve broadband on tribal lands
The Federal Communications Commission didn't implement any of the three recommendations the Governmental Accountability Office made in 2018 to improve broadband access on tribal lands, according to a report published Thursday.
Narrowing the digital divide with holistic infrastructure
As state and local leaders adjust to employees’ working from home, now is a good time to think creatively on how to confront connectivity challenges.
Fairfax County, Virginia, is ready for next-generation 911
The Washington, D.C., suburb has completed its next-generation 911 deployment. Only 123 more to go.
Lawmakers release digital equity principles aimed at closing digital divide
Two congressional Republicans listed nine broadband policies they say could help families, businesses and telecommunications companies survive the pandemic.
Why 911's 'tragic' shortcomings need immediate attention
Brian Fontes, CEO of the National Emergency Number Association, urged lawmakers this week to make time during the pandemic for legislation to update the country's aged 911 infrastructure.
Virginia launches digital tools to aid communities' COVID-19 response
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is expanding two statewide data analysis platforms to help people find jobs and support localities allocate resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To avoid bias and reduce crime, police turn to license plate readers
As facial recognition services shut down, some police say license plate readers are the proactive, bias-free policing aid they've been looking for.
Amazon suspends police use of facial recognition software for one year
Amazon's Rekognition service, which is widely used by law enforcement agencies, has been discontinued for one year while the company waits for federal guidance on the technology's "ethical use."
GOP House members urge funding of FCC's new broadband data collection method
The Broadband DATA Act that was signed into law in March still needs to be funded so the FCC can update its broadband mapping techniques, the members say.