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06/22/2021
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Texas A&M, AT&T collaborate on 5G test site

A former airplane runway at Texas A&M’s RELLIS Campus will be outfitted with 5G technology to serve as an outdoor test bed for running autonomous vehicles and figuring out cybersecurity approaches, AT&T and Texas A&M announced Monday. Experimentation will include running autonomous vehicles on 5G instead of the current protocol, dedicated short-range communications radio. Emily Bamforth has the details.


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Sens. encourage schools to use pandemic relief on cyber

The U.S. Education Department should give better instructions to K-12 schools that they can spend federal pandemic relief money on cybersecurity, especially as ransomware attacks against districts nationwide continue to run rampant and many school systems plan for some degree of long-term virtual learning, two senators said last week. In a letter addressed to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, wrote that the department needs to issue clearer guidance that the programs established in multiple rounds of federal COVID-19 relief “can be spent on cybersecurity resources and engage with school districts to increase awareness of the critical need for prioritizing stronger cybersecurity measures.” Benjamin Freed has the story.


Private equity firms acquire Ellucian, McGraw Hill

Last week, McGraw-Hill, a leading provider of textbooks and other learning resources and textbooks to both K-12 schools and higher education, was purchased by Platinum Equity for $4.5 billion from its previous owner, Apollo Funds, according to a news release. The higher education software provider Ellucian, meanwhile, was acquired by Blackstone and Vista Equity Partners. A sale price was not disclosed. A recent market analysis by Grand View Research predicts the global education technology market will grow 19.9% between 2021 and 2028. The market was valued by researchers at $89.49 billion in 2020, and expected to top $106 billion this year. Emily has it.


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