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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

THE FUTURE OF Community Design

FCC Has Money But Lacks Data for Broadband Implementation

The Federal Communications Commission is ready to auction $20 billion for rural broadband development starting in October, but many lawmakers are nervous that they don’t have accurate enough data to do it correctly.

By Dean DeChiaro, CQ-Roll Call  |  September 22, 2020
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New Mexico’s Legislative Activity Slowed by Bad Internet

In addition to occasionally poor connectivity, the state Legislature has held fewer meetings than normal, which has reduced lawmaking. Some legislators hope the COVID challenges encourage more time efficiency.

By Jens Gould, The Santa Fe New Mexican  |  September 21, 2020
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Next-Gen Transportation Isn’t Going Anywhere Without Data

In a recent Meeting of the Minds panel discussion, transportation experts weighed in on how the future of urban mobility innovation will be tied to a wide range of data sources and thorough analysis.

By Skip Descant, Government Technology  |  September 17, 2020
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COVID Delays Citizenship Process, Prevents Immigrant Voting

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has postponed naturalization interviews and ceremonies, deepening the backlog of applications. For many immigrants, this means that they will miss another opportunity to vote.

By Camila DeChalus, CQ-Roll Call  |  September 9, 2020
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The GOP’s Deceptive Campaign Against Urban America

Cities have had a lot of problems in recent months, but the Trump campaign's focus on those short-term issues ignores the reality that over the longer term they have become safer, cleaner and richer.

By Alex Marshall, Urban Affairs/Infrastructure Columnist  |  September 9, 2020
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South Carolina Begins $50M Broadband Expansion to 23 Counties

Largely funded from the CARES Act, the state will begin working on implementing 71 broadband expansion projects in 23 counties across the state. But there is still a long way to go before the whole state is connected.

By Joseph Bustos, The State  |  September 8, 2020
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American Cities and the Cure for Machine Mischief

Cities keep lurching between electing their governing bodies from districts and choosing them at large. The district approach is gaining, but its fragmentation doesn't promote a broad view of community needs.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  September 8, 2020
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Rural North Carolina Life Is Limited by Lack of Internet

There are nearly 500,000 North Carolinans who have no or unreliable access to high-speed Internet. For many rural communities, not having Internet access is like the state telling them, “You’re not important.”

By Lisa O'Donnell, Winston-Salem Journal  |  September 4, 2020
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Missouri Has ‘No Reason’ to Further Extend Mail-in Voting

Gov. Mike Parsons doesn’t plan to extend the new law, expanding mail-in voting into next year. The legislation was in response to the coronavirus pandemic and is set to expire at the end of 2020.

By Jonathan Shorman, The Kansas City Star  |  September 3, 2020
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Digital County Winners Invested Long Before Pandemic

In the 18th annual Digital Counties Survey, leading jurisdictions had made investments in broadband, remote collaboration and digital citizen engagement long before COVID-19 tested whether they were up to the challenge.

By Government Technology  |  September 3, 2020
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Pandemic May Postpone Baltimore County’s Renewable Goals

The county hoped to become 20 percent renewable by 2022 but that may no longer be feasible. The pandemic has radically changed the county’s budget, funding sources and financial focus which may delay sustainability.

By Taylor DeVille, The Baltimore Sun  |  August 31, 2020
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