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.
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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.
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.
A study conducted by muniwireless.com in March 2005 found that 29 American cities have citywide public access and another 13 have hotzones within the city limits.
Blogger John Carroll says that a report released by the Working Group on Internet Governance draws several unwarranted conclusions: The United States has screwed up the Internet; government comes first; and, all governments shall have equal weight in Internet governance. "The WGIG's goal," writes Carroll, "is to put the United Nations in the Internet's driver's seat.
In his latest commentary, fellow ZDNet blogger George Ou takes WiMAX by the horns and shakes out several misunderstandings of what the anticipated wireless technology means to Wi-Fi, showing how it shares a common denominator with Wi-Fi bigger than most think. The key differentiator is not range, speed, or security, points out Ou, but rather the ability for WiMAX to operate in both the licensed radio band and unlicensed radio band (Wi-Fi is designed for only unlicensed use).
Gartner draws a clear distinction between e-government and IT strategies, saying that the two serve different purposes, although they are rooted in the same political objectives. However, that doesn't mean they are islolated.