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01/08/2020
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Universal broadband for the five boroughs?

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio released a plan Tuesday aimed at providing universal broadband internet access, which he said could be a social equalizer and economic boon as important to the city’s future prosperity as electricity or the subway were in the previous century. De Blasio's proposal aims to use $2.1 billion in existing infrastructure and new public and private investment to bring affordable, high-speed internet service to all parts of a city that still has many coverage gaps, including places like the Bronx, where 38 percent of households do not have broadband connections. Colin Wood has details of de Blasio's plan.


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Vermont says utilities and ISPs should partner up

Electrical utilities could play a role in closing Vermont's digital divide, according to a new study from Vermont's Department of Public Services. It would cost nearly $300 million for utilities to provide broadband to more than 80,000 underserved homes, the study concluded, but partnerships between utilities and existing internet service providers could be cheaper and create less competition among providers. The state announced it will offer grants to several individual utilities for further research. Ryan Johnston has more.


Las Vegas reports experiencing 'cyber compromise'

Las Vegas officials disclosed Tuesday night that the city experienced a network security incident that they are describing only as a "cyber compromise." The city said its IT agency took quick steps to respond to the event, though residents may experience "brief interruptions of service." Benjamin Freed reports.


Texas government website defaced with pro-Iran message

The Texas Department of Agriculture's website was briefly defaced Tuesday morning, with its usual contents replaced with an image of Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian general who was killed last week in a U.S. airstrike. A group of hackers referring to themselves as “Shield Iran” claimed credit, though the department was able to restore its site relatively quickly. During a meeting of the state's terrorism task force later in the day, Amanda Crawford, the executive director of the Texas Department of Information Resources, said the state's networks have logged as many as 10,000 contacts per minute with IP protocol addresses based in Iran recently, though it does not know if any of that activity was directed by the government of Iran. Ben has more.


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