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02/05/2021
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Racing to NG911 finish

Nebraska plans to complete its deployment of next-generation 911 by the end of next year, a public safety official there told StateScoop on Thursday. The state last month awarded telecommunications contractor Lumen an $8 million contract to provide the emergency service network, software and call-routing services for the state’s next-generation 911 upgrade. With 93 counties and a vastly rural landscape, statewide next-generation 911 is a big project with many considerations, said Tim Schram, a commissioner on the Nebraska Public Service Commission. Colin Wood reports.


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White House nods toward cyber help

A senior White House official on Thursday told states’ chief election officials that providing more support to state and local governments is one of many cybersecurity priorities for the Biden administration. “This remains an ongoing priority for the president and vice president,” Julie Chavez Rodriguez, the director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, told the National Association of Secretaries of State in response to a question about whether the White House would advocate for more cybersecurity resources being directed to states and cities. Benjamin Freed has more.


Frankenstein-of-things

Cities that neglect to upgrade their communications and network infrastructure might find themselves unsecured and inefficient at introducing connected infrastructure and emerging technologies over the next several years, David Graham, the chief innovation officer of Carlsbad, California, told an online conference Thursday. Speaking during a roundtable hosted by Cisco, Graham said cities that build ever-growing networks of internet-connected devices that collect data for municipal agencies without accounting for how those devices talk to each other risk creating a “Frankenstein” system of disparate, inefficient networks. Ryan Johnston has details.


Nominations now open for 2021 StateScoop 50 Awards

The 2021 StateScoop 50 Awards are now open for nominations. The StateScoop 50 Awards annually honor the best and the brightest who make state government more efficient and effective. These awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of our peers and acknowledge their tireless efforts to make a positive impact in the government IT community and in public service. Nominate and recognize a candidate for their achievements and contributions to the state government technology community. Make a nomination here.


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