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FCC Seeks Nominations for Tribal Government Representatives to Serve On Renewed FCC Native Nations Communications Task Force
Feb 8, 2018 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking applications for membership on its Native Nations Broadband Task Force. This task force will make recommendations to the FCC on communications-related issues that affect tribal interests, including the availability of facilities and services like broadband.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
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FCC Takes Final Steps for next Phase of Rural Broadband Expansion
Jan 30, 2018 - The Federal Communications Commission completed the final steps in launching its Connect America Fund Phase II auction, an effort to expand fixed, high-speed internet service in unserved rural areas. Applications to participate in the auction, which will provide up to $1.98 billion to the lowest-bidding companies, are due by March 30, 2018.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
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USDA Invests in e-Connectivity to Restore Rural Prosperity by Providing Training and Health Care Services
Jan 19, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded 72 grants totaling $23.6 million through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program to improve connectivity in rural communities. The grants will support projects in 28 states and will be used to provide virtual access to job training, educational and healthcare opportunities, opioid abuse treatment, and mental health counseling.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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FCC: Promoting Telehealth in Rural America; Correction Federal Register
Jan 17, 2018 - Corrects the reply date that was incorrectly published in a January 3, 2018, proposed rule seeking comments on how to strengthen the Rural Health Care Program and improve access to telehealth in rural America. Reply comments are due on or before March 5, 2018, rather than the originally published February 20, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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EOP: Supporting Broadband Tower Facilities in Rural America on Federal Properties Managed by the Department of the Interior Federal Register
Jan 12, 2018 - Official memorandum from the Executive Office of the President (EOP) outlining the Administration's intent to use all appropriate and available tools to accelerate the deployment of modern, affordable, and reliable high-speed broadband connectivity in rural America. The memorandum also directs the Secretary of the Interior to develop a plan to support these efforts by increasing access to tower facilities and other infrastructure assets managed by the Department of the Interior (DOI).
Source: Federal Register
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EOP: Streamlining and Expediting Requests To Locate Broadband Facilities in Rural America Federal Register
Jan 11, 2018 - Executive order designed to improve access to broadband internet service in rural America by reducing barriers to capital investment, removing obstacles to broadband services, and more efficiently employing government resources. The order also directs the Administrator of General Services to review and streamline the process for expediting requests to locate broadband facilities on federal property.
Source: Federal Register
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2018 General Assembly: Lawmakers Focus on Rural Georgia
Jan 7, 2018 - Highlights several considerations by the Georgia state legislature to address rural needs and disparities, including tax cuts, pursuing a Medicaid waiver, efforts to expand broadband access, and broadening the practice authority of rural nurses, among other things. Many of these items are set to be discussed in the upcoming legislative session.
Source: The Valdosta Daily Times
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FCC: Promoting Telehealth in Rural America Federal Register
Jan 3, 2018 - Proposed rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeking to ensure that rural providers get the support they need, while also guarding against fraud, waste, and abuse. The proposed rule also seeks to mitigate the impact of the existing Rural Health Care (RHC) Program cap, and ensure that the program operates efficiently. The RHC Program, which includes the Healthcare Connect Fund, provides funding to eligible rural providers to improve and/or expand the telecommunications and broadband services necessary for the provision of healthcare. Funding for the RHC Program is currently capped at $400 million annually. Comments regarding the proposed rule must be submitted no later than February 2, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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The Year in Review: Telehealth, mHealth Made Their Mark in 2017
Dec 26, 2017 - Highlights the major legislation, events, and industry changes that impacted mobile health and telehealth during 2017. Includes information about rural-specific impacts and provides links for additional reading on each topic.
Source: mHealth Intelligence
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