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06/23/2020
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Here come the cuts

Ohio officials last week asked state-government vendors, including technology suppliers, to take 15% cuts to their payment as the state attempts to weather the financial fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter to vendors last Friday, Matthew Damschroder, head of the state Department of Administrative Services, wrote that he's been directed to “reduce expenditures due to the economic conditions” brought on by the health crisis ahead of the state’s new fiscal year, which starts next week. Ohio is staring down a $2.5 billion revenue hole, and while a cut in vendor payments is not expected to save much, it is "one solution being explored to help the state’s efforts," a spokeswoman said. Meanwhile, states are still pleading with the federal government for a <a href="https://statescoop.com/states-say-next-pandemic-relief-bill-needs-it-cybersecurity-aid/">$500 billion rescue package</a> to avoid economic collapse. Benjamin Freed reports.


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One down, 123 to go

The Virginia Information Technologies Agency announced Monday that Fairfax County has completed the first deployment of next-generation 911 in the commonwealth. A new digital system, completed earlier this month, will eventually allow the more than 1 million residents of Fairfax County, which sits just outside Washington, D.C., to share multimedia like photos and videos with 911 call centers, as well as have their precise location data more easily shared when their calls are routed between call centers. It's the first countywide NG911 deployment in Virginia, which is aiming to outfit all its emergency call centers with the upgraded tech by mid-2023. Colin Wood reports.


Lawmakers list broadband priorities for pandemic survival

Two Republican members of Congress released a set of principles for future federal broadband legislation last week, recommending that the federal government establish COVID-19 connectivity programs, authorize funding for the Federal Communications Commission to collect more accurate coverage data and relieve regulations that slow down the buildout of broadband infrastructure. The document, from Senate Commerce Chairman Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., the ranking member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, lists nine broadband policies designed to help families, businesses and telecommunications companies survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Ryan Johnston has details.


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