State of the States 2017: The Future is Automation

Traditionally, even tech-savvy governors have left specific mentions of IT-centric initiatives out of their annual addresses to the legislatures and citizens of their state. But over the past few years, that tide has shifted. Technology has increasingly snared a larger percentage of the limelight, indicative of its growing prominence in policy conversations.

Vulnerabilities across the cyberspectrum have propelled IT security to the forefront, with many state leaders announcing the development of, or progress on, multi-agency cyberinitiatives to confront the growing threat to government and citizens alike. Broadband is getting plenty of executive attention too – an acknowledgement of the importance of high-speed connectivity across both urban and rural areas. And that attention is followed by investment, with many governors citing proposals for new money for broadband.

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