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News by Topic: Access

May 29, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Wireless Telecommunications Bureau granted an emergency Special Temporary Authority request to allow the Makah Tribe to access unassigned spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band. This ensures the tribe has access to broadband service over its reservation to aid in emergency COVID-19 response efforts.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
May 28, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau approved an additional 53 funding applications for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program to benefit 185 healthcare providers in rural and urban areas. The $18.22 million in funding will provide telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
May 28, 2020 - Features the vice president of patient care services for Air Evac Lifeteam, a company that offers emergency medical care to the rural Midwest and South via helicopter. Describes her background in rural healthcare and her passion to help rural communities access timely care.
Source: University of Missouri - St. Louis
May 28, 2020 - The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) and the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement released the 2020 Compendium of Rural Oral Health Best Practices as part of their National Rural Oral Health Initiative. The initiative highlights best practices, models, research, and policies that can be built upon to improve dental healthcare in rural communities.
Source: National Rural Health Association
May 28, 2020 - The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is seeking public comment to inform the development of an implementation plan for the National Strategy to Secure 5G. Comments are due by June 18, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
May 27, 2020 - Discusses the challenges rural food banks in Texas are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic, including increasing demand, declining donations, and fewer volunteers. Describes how rural food banks are paying more for food due to supply chain issues, have had to hire more paid staff, and switch business models to ensure food is getting to those in need.
Source: Texas Monthly
May 27, 2020 - Highlights maternity care providers across the U.S. that offer virtual visits and at-home monitoring for expecting mothers and how they have scaled up these efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses policy changes necessary to support telematernity care.
Source: The Commonwealth Fund
May 26, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a proposed rule to retarget universal service funding for mobile broadband and voice in the high-cost program to support the deployment of 5G services by establishing the 5G Fund for rural America. Comments on the proposed rule and implementation of the 5G Fund are due by June 25, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
May 26, 2020 - The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces funding available for public transportation on tribal reservations in rural areas. The funding may support capital, planning, and limited operational assistance for tribal public transit services. Applications are due August 24, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
May 26, 2020 - Highlights the Department of Veterans Affairs Women's Health Mini-Residency for Primary Care Rural Providers and Nurses program. The program uses a combination of online and on-site training intended to increase healthcare providers' skills related to women's health.
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs