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Tod Newcombe

Senior Editor

With more than 20 years of experience covering state and local government, Tod previously was the editor of Public CIO, e.Republic’s award-winning publication for information technology executives in the public sector. He is now a senior editor for Government Technology and a columnist at Governing magazine.

Twitter: @dcommunities

Recent Articles

FirstNet Explained
April 17, 2014 - FirstNet, the proposed national broadband public safety network, is big, expensive and complicated. Here are a few basic things you need to know.

A New Way for Schools to Pay for Technology
April 08, 2014 - The federal program that funds technology in schools spends about $600 million on outdated tools like pagers. The FCC wants to reform it, but how that happens is subject to political debate.

Rule Change Opens the Way for Better Train Technology
March 31, 2014 - Commuter rail has been the poor stepchild of modern transit. That may change, thanks to changes in federal regulations.

Providence's High Tech Plan to Close the 'Word Gap'
March 26, 2014 - City officials hope a small recording gadget will help boost the number of words low-income kids hear by the time they enter school.

Is Government Ready to Say Goodbye to Windows XP?
March 14, 2014 - Many state and local governments are still using the soon-to-be obsolete operating system, and the upgrade transition is proving slow and costly.

Delaware Seeks to Stem the Shortage of Cybersecurity Workers
March 10, 2014 - Facing a national shortage of experts able to battle the growing number of cyberthreats, Delaware's new initiative to boost its cybersecurity workforce could be a model for other states.

Small Town Tackles Big Paper Project with Digital Technology
March 07, 2014 - The IRS requires municipalities to retain tax exempt bond documents for up to 33 years. That's a major paper burden crying out for digital help.

Is the Cost of 311 Systems Worth the Price of Knowing?
March 03, 2014 - Today, nearly 300 cities (and some counties) have a 311 call system or use the underlying technology, known as customer relationship management, to track service requests and a host of other capabilities

Utah Launches Google Glass App for Public Transit
February 28, 2014 - The state tests appetite for wearable technology as part of an overall strategy to better serve mobile users.

Will Streetlamps Become Information Hubs for Cities?
February 26, 2014 - New technology makes it possible to turn ordinary streetlamps into data-gathering networks. But is it too much of a good thing?

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