South Jersey Inches Closer to Better Phone Service, High-Speed Internet

Richard Mroz, president of the state Board of Public Utilities The new year may bring some long-sought improvements to phone and Internet service for more than a dozen South Jersey communities. For the past couple of years, 16 communities have been pressing telecom giant Verizon to upgrade problem-plagued phone service and Internet connectivity in Cumberland and…


PSE&G and EDF 'Google It

Natural-gas leaks are a persistent challenge for utility companies. Like other utilities, PSE&G monitors its system carefully, and fixes any leaks that pose a safety risk quickly. But other leaks that don't pose an immediate hazard can linger while companies work their way through upgrading thousands of miles of old infrastructure. When these nonhazardous leaks add…


State Seeks High-Tech Oversight of $2B Annual Spending on Drug Benefits

Like most health insurance purchasers, the state of New Jersey has been ill equipped to manage the pharmaceutical benefits of public employees and retirees. So, like others, it hired a national expert to handle the complex, multi-party negotiations in hopes of securing big savings for Garden State taxpayers. But quantifying those savings has been challenging.


N.J. county teams up with Waze app to help ease traffic

A new partnership between Passaic County and the GPS app Waze looks to ease traffic in the North Jersey area. County Freeholders announced they joined the app's Connected Citizens Program Tuesday. It will allow for an information exchange that will help lead to reduced traffic congestion, according to a press release.


Code for Princeton’s Art and Data Hackathon

Last month, Code for Princeton held a very different kind of hackathon, one that combined data and art. When announcing the hackathon, the group said that it would explore how data could be visually compelling and informative, and how it could foster civic engagement through the creation of art based on the data





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