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Rural Health
News by Topic: Broadband

Jul 16, 2019 - Audio recording of interviews with Indiana rural health leaders, conducted at the Indiana Rural Health Association's Annual Conference in French Lick, Indiana. Topics include broadband access, social determinants of health, and challenges related to longevity and health outcomes in rural areas.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
Jul 15, 2019 - The Federal Communications Commission will hold an open meeting from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT on August 1. Agenda items include establishing the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, with the purpose of bringing high-speed broadband to unserved areas, and promoting telehealth in rural America.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Jul 15, 2019 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorized funding over the next decade to expand broadband to 205,520 unserved rural homes and businesses in 23 states. Providers will start receiving funding in the next few weeks.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Jul 11, 2019 - Rural communities like the Havasupai tribe lack reliable, affordable broadband access and the benefits broadband offers, including access to telemedicine, current farmer market reports, and distance learning. A U.S. House hearing on Thursday highlighted these challenges along with efforts to address them.
Source: Cronkite News
Jul 7, 2019 - Nearly a quarter of rural Americans have used some kind of telehealth service, as shown by a new poll on rural life and health. Barriers still remain though, including broadband access and insurance regulations.
Source: National Public Radio
Jul 2, 2019 - Highlights the FCC's Connected Care pilot program which will be voted on in a meeting on July 10, 2019. The program would provide funding for broadband services to support telehealth programs for underserved populations, especially low-income, veteran, and those in rural areas.
Source: FierceHealthcare
Jul 2, 2019 - Notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of a revised information collection, Connect America Fund-Alternative Connect America Cost Model Support. The changes reflect additional flexibility to support broadband expansion in rural areas. Comments are due August 1, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 27, 2019 - Chad Rupe, previously Rural Development State Director in Wyoming, will be joining the Rural Utilities Service as Administrator. He has worked on efforts related to rural broadband deployment in Wyoming, rural water utilities projects, and electric infrastructure investments.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Jun 27, 2019 - Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Brendan Carr and Senator Shelley Moore Capito will visit two telehealth facilities in West Virginia to help inform the FCC's work on expanding broadband access and telehealth. They will hear from physicians about the challenges of adopting telehealth in rural areas and see a telestroke demonstration and a demonstration of remote eye exams.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Jun 26, 2019 - The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) is looking for a contractor to help ensure Rural Health Care (RHC) application systems meet the needs of rural healthcare organizations. The RHC Program subsidizes the costs of telecommunications and broadband services for eligible healthcare providers.
Source: Universal Service Administrative Co.