Municipal Desk Reference

Technology/Telecommunications

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During the 2013 legislative session Rep. Don Parsons (R-Marietta), chairman of the House Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications Committee, introduced legislation supported by secveral telecommunications companies that would severely limit the ability of cities to determine where a cell tower could be placed within the city. While the bill did not pass in 2013, GMA anticipates an even more ramped-up effort by the telecommunications industry this year.

Published Date: January 6, 2014

In an effort to address growing technological needs from Georgia’s vast and varying courts, the Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts (GAOC) has taken the legislative position that general legislation allowing local courts to establish technology fees is warranted and neces¬sary.

Published Date: January 6, 2014

Rome City Commissioner Buzz Wachsteter has been advocating for Internet tax fairness on behalf of Rome, other Georgia cities and GMA for a number of years. In this Q&A, he talks about Internet tax fairness and how Georgia city officials can help get the federal Marketplace Fairness Act passed.

Published Date: March 20, 2013

As Congress and the Administration continue the debate over the national deficit, federal budget, and tax code reform, most of the news has focused on the political standoff associated with sequestration. Two areas that appear to have bipartisan support, removing the tax exemption on interest paid for municipal bonds and legislation to begin enforcing the collection of taxes on remote/internet sales, impact cities directly.

Published Date: February 28, 2013

Does 1.5Mbps meet the broadband needs of businesses and individuals in the 21st Century?

Published Date: February 27, 2013

Federally-seized drug money is being put to good use in Norcross, most recently funding the Norcross Police Department’s (NPD) purchase of a new system that combines WiFi and GPS technology.

Published Date: November 6, 2012

The widespread availability of mobile technology and broadband networks provides opportunities to connect citizens with local government leaders and providers of public service.

Published Date: October 12, 2012

After Billy Grogan started the job as Dunwoody’s first police chief at the end of 2008, he immediately knew the police department would need a strong online presence.

Published Date: June 8, 2012

Communities across the country are recognizing the pressing need to coordinate, plan for, and implement digital inclusion efforts to ensure that every resident is able to benefit in our increasingly digital society.

Published Date: March 28, 2012

This guide explores how security controls can be used by government information technology staff, managers, and users to mitigate the risks intrinsic to social media.

Published Date: November 15, 2011

At least nine Georgia cities have recently taken crime fighting and prevention to a high-tech level.

Published Date: November 7, 2011

Q&A from Ask GMA.

Published Date: November 7, 2011

All local communities can find themselves facing inclement weather or another emergency situation that requires a concerted response, and this in turn is the duty of the local government's Office of Emergency Management.

Published Date: July 28, 2011

During the 2011 Legislative Session, the General Assembly passed House Bill 256, which provides comprehensive regulation of 9-1-1 charges on prepaid wireless services.

Published Date: July 12, 2011

Technology presents local officials with some of their most challenging decisions—presenting an unstable mix of implementation risks, fluctuating costs and high citizen expectations.

Published Date: June 6, 2011


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