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News by Topic: Broadband

Industry Voices—the FCC's Rural Health Care Fund Is a Victim of Its Own Success
Nov 27, 2017 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a proposal to increase the $400 million annual cap on the Rural Health Care Fund. Among other things, this proposal would target funding to rural and tribal healthcare providers and prioritize the distribution of grants based on remoteness, type of service requested, whether the funding will come from the Telecom Program or the Healthcare Connect Fund, and the economic need of the provider's population.
Source: FierceHealthcare
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As Coal Falls, a Digital Revolution Begins in Appalachia. This Hurdle Blocks the Way.
Nov 12, 2017 - Details attempts to diversify Kentucky's rural economy in an effort to counteract the economic impacts of coal mines closing, focusing on a software development company and a telecommuting company. Although these companies have made progress and offer promising opportunities, limited access to broadband internet connection is a serious barrier for potential telecommuting employees and for business expansion.
Source: Lexington Herald Leader
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USDA Invests in Broadband Infrastructure in Unserved and Underserved Rural Areas
Nov 6, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $200 million to expand broadband infrastructure to unserved and underserved rural communities. These awards, financed through the USDA's Telecommunications Program, will fund projects in West Virginia, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Virginia, Washington, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin.
Source: United States Department of Agriculture
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Rural Issues at Heart of RAC Meeting
Oct 16, 2017 - Details the rural issues discussed at the National Association of Counties (NACo) Rural Action Caucus' (RAC) annual symposium. Major issues discussed include health and especially social determinants of health, high-speed internet access, the opioid epidemic, and housing.
Source: National Association of Counties
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