Bridging the Digital Divide Forum: Broadband for All

Join MACo on August 12 for a deep dive discussion on broadband and the digital divide.  The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the issue of the digital divide to the spotlight, highlighting the inability of some to access high speed internet. With teleworking, telehealth, and virtual learning for students- access to reliable, affordable high-speed internet has never been more important. Title: Bridging the Digital Divide Forum: Broadband for All Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the…

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Alert: FBI & CISA Cybersecurity Advisory on TOR

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) last week released a joint report with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warning of cyber-attacks using The Onion Router (Tor). Tor is software that allows users to browse the web anonymously by encrypting and routing requests through multiple relay layers or nodes. While this software can be used legally to protect individuals who wish their information to remain anonymous on the internet, cyber threat actors can use…

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Join NACo for “Everything Zoom-Post Boom” Webinar

The National Association of Counties (NACo) will be hosting a webinar on June 25, 2020, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm all about Zoom. The NACo Tech Xchange will be hosting a webinar to talk about Zoom and NACo's 90-Day Security Plan. From NACo: Zoom Cares! Building and strengthening relationships with state and local government leadership is a critical component to Zoom’s success. On behalf of the entire Zoom team, thank you for your trust, your…

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Cecil Completes Broadband Expansion Project

Cecil County, partnered with Comcast, use grant to expand broadband service to area north of Elkton. The Upper Shore Regional Council, which funded the $48,400 grant project, serves as the regional planning and economic development agency for Cecil, Kent, and Queen Anne's counties. This new project will serve residents north of Elkton in the 0-300 block of Cat Swamp Road and 2000-2300 block of Barksdale Road. From press release: “All residents and businesses within Cecil…

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Delaware Nixes Mobile Voting Weeks Before Primary

Citing security concerns, Delaware cancels plans to allow voters to cast online ballots in its upcoming primary elections. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended American election procedures, with election officials across the country expanding vote-by-mail options that allow residents to cast ballots without ever stepping foot in the voting booth. Delaware election officials nixed a plan to offer an online ballot-return method to voters in its presidential primary next month, citing a recent report from security experts…

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Comcast Extends Free Public WiFi Access for the Remainder of 2020

As counties, cities, and towns across the country begin to open up, Comcast is continuing its efforts to help people connect to the internet during the COVID-19 pandemic. Comcast today announced that it will extend free access to its 1.5 million public Xfinity WiFi hotspots to anyone who needs them, including non-customers, through the end of 2020. “We saw a huge jump in usage after we opened up our public hotspots, and we’re excited to…

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Baltimore County Wins Seven NACo Achievement Awards

Baltimore County’s “Balancing Act” budget platform named one of the nation’s best programs as National Association Of Counties highlights five County Departments for effective leadership. Baltimore County earned seven awards from the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) 2020 Achievement Awards, which recognize innovative, effective county government programs that enhance service and improves the quality of life for residents. “My administration is committed to innovation, citizen engagement, and a government that is more transparent and accessible…

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Baltimore County Offers Online Scheduling for Free COVID-19 Tests

Starting today, Baltimore County residents can visit the County's website to quickly and easily reserve a slot for free COVID-19 testing. “Improving access to testing is important to continue our gradual reopening. Allowing people to schedule tests online makes it even easier for any County resident who wants to be tested to do so quickly,” County Executive Johnny Olszewski said. “We’ll continue working to put measures in place that reduce the spread of the virus…

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Webinar: Measuring the “Digital Divide,” June 17

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will host a webinar to help state and local leaders understand how to identify and target the digital divide using federal data. NTIA, an organization within the Department of Commerce, will host an informational webinar on bridging the digital divide and how federal data can help local officials recognize what drives broadband adaption in their communities to better plan for the future. Hear a presentation from representatives of…

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Calvert Rolls Out “Calvert St@t” Dashboard

Calvert County's new interactive dashboard tracks department-specific performance measures and provides data to develop targeted action plans and strategies to deliver results for residents. Calvert County today launched "Calvert St@t," a new interactive dashboard that will provide residents with an in-depth look at data on services and operations from all county departments and the Board of County Commissioners. “We are pleased to offer Calvert St@t as a tool to make local government data more readily accessible…

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