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04/21/2021
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LA wants everything on the menu

Los Angeles is working with the vendor-research firm Marketplace.City to find “everything under the sun” that could improve its broadband connectivity as the coronavirus pandemic recedes, said Miguel Sangalang, interim director of the city’s streetlights bureau. The city announced last month that it would be open to studying virtually any broadband technology that’s both low-cost and easily deployable. Sangalang told StateScoop the city could make its streetlights, poles, buildings, property, fiber and other public assets available to vendors. Ryan Johnston reports.


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It's not as broad as Florida

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday issued an executive order banning all state agencies and local governments throughout the state from requiring people to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to receive service. The order, effectively outlawing so-called vaccine passports, made Ducey at least the sixth governor to issue such a directive. Private businesses, schools and care facilities are still allowed to require people to show they've been jabbed, making Ducey's order less severe than Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who imposed a blanket ban on nearly all entities in his state. Benjamin Freed has details.


Chicago punts on bad-cop database

The Chicago City Council pushed back talks last week on a proposal to create a database of police misconduct that would date back to 1994, citing concerns with the project’s potential cost. The proposal, which was drafted last year, would direct the city to digitize and publish online all closed complaints against its police officers. But the project's been shelved after several aldermen and Mayor Lori Lightfoot objected the cost. Lightfoot also told reporters she didn't "what the utility of [the database] would be." Colin Wood has more.


Biden administration offers plan for grid cyberdefense

As state governments take a greater hand in boosting the cybersecurity of their grid operators, the Biden administration is buckling down on threats to U.S. power infrastructure, CyberScoop's Shannon Vavra reports. The Department of Energy yesterday announced a 100-day plan to help shore up the U.S. electric power system against cyber threats. Part of the plan will focus on getting industrial control system owners and operators to select and use technologies that will help gain real-time awareness of cyber threats, and response capabilities. Read more on CyberScoop.


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