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FCC: Connect America Fund Federal Register
Aug 15, 2018 - Announcement from the Federal Communications Commission that the Office of Management and Budget has approved an information collection associated with the rules for the Connect America Fund Phase II auction, thus making the rules published on July 7, 2016 and April 13, 2018 effective.
Source: Federal Register
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Rural Healthcare Network Connections Require IT Infrastructure Support
Aug 15, 2018 - Discusses what IT infrastructure needs to be considered in order to make a telehealth program successful in rural areas, including access to broadband internet, technical support, and staff training.
Source: HIT Infrastructure
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Anchorage Health Care Providers Discuss Rural Tele-health Systems with FCC Commissioner
Aug 8, 2018 - FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr is visiting Alaska to discuss how raising the funding cap on the Universal Service program subsidies will help rural healthcare facilities use telehealth to make sure their patients get the care they need.
Source: Alaska Public Media
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Microsoft Airband Project Gains Momentum, Grant Winners Will Use TV White Spaces Broadband
Aug 1, 2018 - Microsoft has awarded Airband grants to four U.S. startup companies in an effort to improve access to broadband service in rural areas. One of the winners is working to put health information technology in rural schools to improve the speed with which student-athletes can be assessed.
Source: Telecompetitor
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USDA Invests $97 Million in Rural Broadband Infrastructure to Improve Service for 22,000 Subscribers in 11 States
Aug 1, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it is investing in projects to provide or improve rural broadband service through the Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan Program and the Community Connect Grant Program. They are providing $97 million for 12 projects in 11 states.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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FCC: Possible Revision or Elimination of Rules; Proposed Rule Federal Register
Jul 31, 2018 - The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comment from the public by October 29, 2018 on a list of ten-year old rules, including Universal Services rules that contain rural definitions and programs, in order to determine if they should be continued without change, amended, or rescinded. The FCC will review comments and consider what action, if any, needs to be taken with regard to the rules.
Source: Federal Register
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RUS: Broadband e-Connectivity Pilot Program Federal Register
Jul 27, 2018 - USDA's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is seeking comment by September 10, 2018 on the implementation of the pilot broadband program (e-Connectivity Pilot). The e-Connectivity Pilot provides loans and grants for the construction, improvement, and acquisition of facilities and equipment for broadband service in rural communities.
Source: Federal Register
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USDA Invites Comments on the Implementation of the e-Connectivity Pilot Program
Jul 27, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is inviting comments through Monday, September 10, 2018 on the implementation of the e-Connectivity Pilot Program. This program aims to catalyze private investment and expand broadband access in unserved rural areas of the country. Feedback is sought specifically on ways of evaluating a household's "sufficient access" to broadband of adequate speed, how service affordability should be factored in, best ways to verify broadband speeds, and best indicators of potential project benefits for rural industries using readily available public data.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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NTIA: BroadbandUSA Webinar Series Federal Register
Jul 17, 2018 - The National Telecommunications and Information Administration will host a series of monthly webinars beginning in October 2018. This Practical Broadband Conversations webinar series will provide information on a range of topics and issues being addressed by BroadbandUSA in an effort to attract new employers, create jobs, improve educational opportunities, increase health outcomes, improve public safety, and advance smart city initiatives. Registration for the webinars will be available on the BroadbandUSA website.
Source: Federal Register
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Bridging the Rural Technology Divide
Jul 9, 2018 - Opinion piece by Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and Greg Walden, a Republican congressman for Oregon's second district discussing rural, high-speed broadband access in Oregon and around the county. Includes actions undertaken by the FCC and the Energy and Commerce Committee to address the digital divide.
Source: East Oregonian
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