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11/30/2021
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Last Frontier needs that last mile

To understand what’s “likely the most unreliable,” level of broadband coverage in the country, Alaska should open a statewide broadband office and prioritize data-driven infrastructure spending, a task force of state legislators, agency executives, rural officials and tribal leaders concluded in a report released earlier this month. The 14-member group told Gov. Mike Dunleavy that the state needs a plan to use more than $1 billion of broadband funding its due to receive as part of the recent federal infrastructure spending plan. Ryan Johnston reports.


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Palo Alto to get a disaster plan

Elected officials in Palo Alto, California, on Monday night voted to adopt the recommendations of an audit of the city’s cybersecurity and risk-management practices, particularly regarding its disaster recovery planning and database management. A recent report by the accounting firm Baker Tilly found that while the Silicon Valley community is capable of mitigating cybersecurity risks on a day-to-day basis, its IT department lacks both formalized risk management practices and a documented disaster recovery plan. Benjamin Freed has more.


Meet the 2021 Local IT Leader of the Year winners

StateScoop continues its coverage of the 2021 LocalSmart Awards by sharing interviews with winners in the Local IT Leader of the Year category. City and county officials from around the country shared what they’ve been working on, what they think others in government — especially those who don’t work directly in technology — should be aware of and what’s on the horizon in 2022.   See what the winners said.


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State IT is in a ‘time for reflection and change’

With rising cyberthreats and the lessons learned from the coronavirus pandemic, state CIOs are poised to make radical transformation going forward. On this podcast, two industry leaders from Tanium highlight their best tips and recommendations for leaders to do that going forward. Listen here.


What happened with blockchain in state government?

A few years ago, state officials everywhere seemed to believe that blockchain would soon be a ubiquitous government technology. But despite a flurry of blockchain initiatives, some inspired by an association with cryptocurrency, all of those efforts seem to have gone nowhere. Several state CIOs told StateScoop they doubt blockchain actually has much use in government. “While we’ve kind of been exploring with it, we haven’t found where it’s going to be a solution to one of our problems yet," Vermont CIO John Quinn said. Colin Wood had the story.


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How to find an IT modernization approach that fits your agency’s needs

State and local chief information officers continue to struggle to move away from mainframes, legacy code and end-of-life infrastructure. And while the path to modernization may seem daunting, careful strategy and planning that weighs against the risks and rewards of key modernization initiatives can help agency leaders build a “government of the future,” according to a new NTT Data report. Read more in the report.


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