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Rural Broadband Funds Under Scrutiny

October 27, 2011 by Bailey McCann

The Federal Communications Commission is staking out a rough position on broadband. The commission is considering capping broadband funds while simultaneously promoting broadband expansion nationwide. The vote would cap funds for rural broadband available through the Universal Service Fund. The Universal Service Fund is a surcharge every...[read more]

Open Education: It’s Already Here

September 30, 2011 by Emma Mulqueeny

Imagine a world whereby our borders are open, where data is open, where organisations are open… where education is open. Those of you who read my blog are pretty au fait by now with the open principles of data and organisations, and we live in a world of pretty open borders – so now, just bear with me through the open education thing....[read more]

Ignoring social media is a 'strategic error of the most basic nature' - Chief of US Naval Operations Adm

June 16, 2011 by Craig Thomler

Fierce Government IT reports that Chief of US Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead says Ignoring social media is a 'strategic error of the most basic nature'. In the US the military has been an active adopter of social media, with online channels seen as a critical theatre of influence. Most members of the US armed forces (with a few...[read more]

Maryland Broadband Expansion Moves Forward

June 14, 2011 by Bailey McCann

Maryland will soon begin expanding broadband access throughout the state through the use of a $115 million federal grant. The initiative will cover ten counties. The expansion will be coordinated through a new “logistics center,” and headquarters of One Maryland Broadband in Elkridge, Maryland. The bulk of the money will go to provide...[read more]

Seattle Invests In Municipal Broadband Infrastructure

May 26, 2011 by Bailey McCann

Seattle is pushing broadband providers to bring service to its Pioneer Square neighborhood. The city is a new construction project as an opportunity to lay conduit pipes for broadband providers to lease and bring service to the area. The pipes are for fiber-optic service or broadband which is nearly 100 times faster than DSL which...[read more]

You're Invited! White House OMB Hosts Federal IT Reform Forum

April 27, 2011 by Alexander Howard

Last December, the White House proposed sweeping IT reforms. Today in Washington, the nation’s top IT executives will discuss progress on those proposals and assess the challenges that lie ahead. The livestream is embedded below: This morning, President Obama issued an executive order streamlining service delivery and improving customer...[read more]

SLG Business Brief: Health IT and happiness

February 26, 2011 by Bailey McCann

This week, HIMSS11 took place in Orlando, Florida. The state and local government market was atwitter with health IT, electronic health records, health information exchanges and one thing many vendors interested in the health insurance market will be watching is an announcement today by HHS’s consumer information and insurance head,...[read more]

Report: SLG market for justice, public safety IT set for modest gains

February 15, 2011 by Bailey McCann

According to a new report, the state and local market for justice, public safety and homeland security technology will see an influx of $800 million in new spending over the next five years. Law enforcement officials looking to adopt both cutting-edge and back-office solutions ranging from predictive analytics to court case automation...[read more]