April 19, 2021
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Management of curb space has become increasingly important, and several cities have pilot projects to meet growing demand. Las Vegas is working with Cox Communications to collect data through kiosks that also time how long drivers are at a curb, while Aspen, Colo., is using technology from Coord to create smart zones that can be reserved by delivery drivers.
Full Story: Government Technology (4/12) 
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City Innovations
Ill. city debuts new community alert system
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Residents of Morrison, Ill., will be able to receive mass emergency alerts from officials via the city's new CodeRED system, which can transmit emergency messaging via phone, text, email and social media posts. "The system will be used to notify our community of severe weather, public safety emergencies, boil orders, street closures and any other critical notices," says police chief Brian Melton.
Full Story: WHBF-TV (Rock Island, Ill.) (4/18) 
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Officials in Singapore are investigating ways to deploy solar power infrastructure options with small footprints as the land-scarce city-state seeks to limit carbon emissions and increase investments in sustainable power. Singapore deployed a floating offshore solar farm last month, and it is also investigating the idea of putting solar panels on building facades, fences, rooftops and roads.
Full Story: Thomson Reuters Foundation (4/16) 
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Tech Leadership
Uber to provide software to 3 transit agencies
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Uber Technologies signed agreements with transit agencies in Denver, Cecil County, Md., and Porterville, Calif., adding to the two deals signed previously with providers in California and New Jersey. The transit agencies will use the company's software to operate services in a move that analysts say boosts Uber's bottom line and helps Uber diversify from its ride-share business.
Full Story: Reuters (4/14) 
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Policy Insights
Affordable broadband in New York State has become the focus of both recent legislation, which requires $15-per-month tiers from all internet service providers, and a philanthropic fund that gives some students free access. The $15 options will be available to eligible low-income households under the law, and must provide download speeds of at least 25 megabits per second.
Full Story: The Verge (4/16),  Deadline Hollywood (4/16) 
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Emerging Technologies
Verizon will bring its 5G Business Internet service to 21 markets this month, in addition to its current presence in Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston. The company, which plans to eventually offer 5G to businesses nationwide, will offer high-band millimeter wave fixed wireless service that provides similar data rates to fixed broadband service.
Full Story: Reuters (4/15),  Mobile World Live (U.K.) (4/16) 
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