FCC Ditches 2 Federal Reviews in 5G 'Streamlining'

Only states and localities with their own historic preservation and environmental review processes will be able to mandate them.

5 Big Takeaways From Senate Intel's Election Security Investigation

The bottom line is future elections are in danger of Russian meddling and we haven’t done enough to secure them.

Major Changes for LAPD Body Camera Transparency Policies

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Austin bombings keep residents on high alert; Ariz. teachers plan sickout; D.C. mayor vs. Marco Rubio; San Francisco’s fur ban; and more tech jobs are heading to Missoula.

States Push for Outstanding Election Security Funds Ahead of Midterms

Secretaries of state are adamant they lack the money needed to comply with Senate Intelligence recommendations they update their election infrastructure. They’ll make their case before the committee Wednesday.

Colorado Uses Laser Measurement to Safely Inventory Road Signs

Keeping track of a state transportation department’s infrastructure, including where it’s located, has never been easier.

Here Are Some Key Challenges to Critical Infrastructure Security

Researchers should focus on when humans need to be in the loop and when machines can take charge.

Apple’s Next Product Launch Will Take Place at a Public School in Chicago

It’s highly likely that whatever Apple announces will be focused on education.

Feds: Russian Hackers Are Targeting U.S. Power Plants

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Florida bridge collapse; new opioid lawsuits in West Virginia and South Dakota; Oregon governor fires librarian; top 50 invasive species in Western states; and a high cost for an Albany interstate.

Local Officials to FCC: We’re Not the Ones Impeding 5G

A group of mostly mayors encouraged the Federal Communications Commission to refocus its efforts on new broadband investment, instead of preempting their oversight of public rights of way.

Is Your County Elections Clerk Ready for Russian Hackers?

In a decentralized election system with more than 10,000 separate jurisdictions, the onus for security is on local officials.

Madison Square Garden Has Been Secretly Scanning Fans With Facial Recognition

Facial recognition technology isn’t illegal. Still, many privacy advocates object to the software’s widespread use since it allows silent surveillance without consent.

Trump Administration Mum on Nationalizing 5G

The proposal is still on the table, according to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, though localities may find their authority on public rights of way preempted regardless.

To Tackle the Opioid Epidemic, Look to the Sewers

At a civic tech pitch led held by mayors at SXSW, innovators put forward solutions to pressing problems facing cities.

‘Holy Grail for Snow Geeks’ Looks to Produce More Accurate Water Forecasts

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Fatal fentanyl-related overdoses jump in Vermont; Spokane looking at its municipal broadband options; Florida school security upgrades divert education funds; and priorities for Nashville’s new mayor.

5G Faceoff on Capitol Hill

Localities want more of a say in broadband policymaking. The U.S. wireless industry wants to win its race with China.

Cities Join the Branding Bonanza

The nation’s cities are among the many brands trying to promote themselves to innovators at SXSW.

FAA Expands Instant-Approval Flight Plan Program for Drones

Once deployed, the system would authorize drone flights in minutes instead of months.

Recent Data Breaches Spark Debate Over 'Reasonable' Notification Rules

Some states have already moved to toughen their data breach laws as the number of incidents increases.

For Cities, Creativity and Convergence Need to Be the Norm

According to the former mayors of Albuquerque and Philadelphia: “It’s our job to make SXSW live on all year long. Here’s why.”