Esme Vos of MuniWireless.com has perspective on the Broadband Investment and Consumer Choice Act of 2005, essentially a rewrite of the current law, the Telecommunications Act of 1996, introduced on July 27 by Sen.
CBS Interactive's Distinguished Lecturer David Gewirtz hosts ZDNet Government -- ZDNet's politics and policy coffeehouse -- where civics lessons meet technology, nothing is sacred, and everything is fair game.
David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.
Following up on Ernest Miller's notion that all public Congressional hearings be available by podcast, Jeff Jarvis blogged this suggestion:every town board and school board should be podcast. I've long wanted to see local services enable citizens to video these meetings because, ironically, the very reason I care most about what happens in them -- I have kids -- is the reason I can't attend them.
A handful of state governments are now producing podcasts, according to the blog Free Government Info. Among the states podcasting are weekly addresses from California Gov.
After what seems to be an eternity, Microsoft is about to put its next operating system out for beta. Perhaps I am becoming jaded but the operating system releases from Microsoft over the years have been more of a relieving of pain from the last one, rather than excitement over new features.
Following up on the FCC's e911 rules created in May, which dictate that VoIP providers to handle 911 calls, the FCC and the National Association of announced July 25 the creation of a joint task force comprised staff from the FCC and state public utility commissions, working wit public safety personnel. The task force will look at developing materials to educate VoIP consumers about the e911 rules, as well as to share best practices and set enforcement procedures.
Minnesota has its first CIO, Gopal Khanna, a former CIO and CFO for the US Peace Corps, Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced recently.
As part of Gov. Arnold Schwartzenegger's streamlining of government, California has a new Department of Technology Resources (DTS), which consolidates three major data centers under one bureaucracy.
As a stopgap measure before the Department of Homeland Security's secret-level backbone - the Homeland Security Data Network - is ready in 2007, DHS is rolling out a temporary secret network called Homeland Security Information Network-Secret, a DHS official told Congress in July.
Federal Health Information Technology (HIT) initiatives will deliver $139m to 38 states over the next four years, according to Input, a government market analyst. One hundred grants will be made to push agencies forward on health care information automation and sharing.
Telecommunications spending by state and local governments is expected to grow by 70%, from $9.6b in 2005 to $16.4b in 2010, according to analysis firm INPUT.