In the 2020 legislative session, 33 states enacted legislation addressing broadband in issue areas such as educational institutions and schools, funding, governance authorities and commissions, infrastructure, rural and underserved communities, and taxes.
An increasing number of states operate from the presumption that non-sensitive government data should be made freely available and usable for the public. Fewer than half the states, however, have laws that outline a specific approach and commitment to open data.
Key legislative information technology contacts in the 50 states identified top IT priorities and challenges they will face in the next one to three years, including developing new applications to support remote sessions, hearings or voting and a remote workplace.
The NCSL Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee is launching a series of in-depth virtual meetings on broadband access and expansion issues.
The Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce has jurisdiction over state-federal relations with regard to electronic commerce, banking, insurance, securities and other financial services issues, interstate commerce and taxation of electronic transactions, telecommunications and interstate business activity taxes.
State legislatures are working to improve the operations of public emergency communication services for today's digital mobile society. This webpage provides access to NCSL’s 911 legislation database, as well as year-end summaries of enacted 911 legislation dating back to 2011.