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Lighting Dark Fiber Could Raise Legal Challenges in Columbia, Mo.

Government officials in Columbia, Mo., want to light and expand the city’s dark fiber infrastructure. But incumbent Internet service providers may raise unfair competition claims if the plan goes forward.

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Supervisor Wants San Francisco to Seize Opening to Lay Wi-Fi Cable
Supervisor David Chiu’s “Dig Once” proposal would require private and public agencies digging up streets for other work to allow the placement of city-owned conduits that can be used for fiber-optic cables.

Oct 20, 2014
Los Angeles Wants to Ban Parking Space Sales Via Apps
In an 11-0 vote, the council requested that the City Attorney’s office draft a measure to ensure that parking spaces are not hoarded by companies and are fully available to the general public.

Oct 20, 2014
High-Speed Internet Widely Available in Yakima County, Wash., Official Says
About 91.5 percent of the county can now access speeds of 100 megabits per second and up, well above the national average of 60 percent.

Oct 20, 2014
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New Digital Tool Will Help Houston Firefighters Battle Building Blazes
Fire departments in the five-county area have developed a digital database of high-risk structures — those critical to the nation's daily operations, high-rises and some large commercial buildings.

Oct 20, 2014
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Voters will Decide Fate of Broadband Authority in Boulder, Colo.
Issue 2C on the Boulder ballot would allow the city to provide its own broadband service to the public or to partner with private companies to expand access to the city's network.

Oct 20, 2014
Data Analytics and the Soup that Made You Sick
How can 32 Chicago inspectors monitor 1,500 restaurants? Figuring out which ones aren't likely to pass inspection is a good start.

Oct 17, 2014
California Court Eliminates Hurdle to High-Speed Rail
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the way for further construction of the state's $68-billion bullet train when it declined to hear an appeal filed by Central Valley opponents of the controversial project.

Oct 16, 2014
CivicMakers Movement Spreading from Coast to Coast (Industry Perspective)
While talking heads battle out their political agendas in daily opinion pieces and Sunday talk shows, regular citizens are rolling up their sleeves and getting to work in local governments and communities.

Oct 16, 2014
San Bernardino County, Calif., Website Lists Personalized Election Information
With the new application, voters can get their registration status, polling place location, which districts they’re eligible to vote in, and other personalized information.

Oct 15, 2014
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The Center for Digital Government's Digital Cities Survey is conducted annually in the summer: July - August. All United States cities, towns, villages and consolidated city/county governments are invited to participate in this survey. The awards are presented concurrently with the NLC conference held each November.

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The Center for Digital Government's Digital Counties Survey is conducted in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo) annually in the spring: March - April. All U.S. counties are invited to participate (consolidated county-city jurisdictions are invited to participate in the Digital Cities Survey in the summer). The awards are presented during NACO's annual conference each July.

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