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Jan 12, 2024 - Highlights the use of U.S. Census Bureau and other federal agency data to create digital tools to improve access to funding for Indigenous communities. Projects will be presented at the upcoming Census Open Innovation Summit 2024.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Jan 11, 2024 - Funding for the Affordable Connectivity Program, a program bringing affordable broadband internet to rural and underserved communities, ends in May 2024. Bipartisan legislation has been proposed to continue funding the program. In anticipation of not being funded, the Federal Communications Commission has released details for winding down the program. New enrollments will cease on February 7, 2024.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Jan 11, 2024 - Notice of final rule from the Federal Communications Commission making effective changes to the Rural Health Care Program, which provides support to assist rural health care providers with the costs of broadband and other eligible services by offering discounted rates for these services. These changes are outlined in the FCC's Third Report and Order and is effective on February 12, 2024, except for sections 54.601(b) and (c) (amendatory instruction 2) and 54.622(e)(1)(i) through (ii) and (i)(3)(iv) (amendatory instruction 4), which are delayed indefinitely.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 9, 2024 - Highlights a newly-funded project investigating the impact of School-Based Health Centers on rural New York students and their communities.
Source: Cornell CALS Newsroom
Jan 8, 2024 - Notice of proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) proposing amendments to its regulation in order to implement changes related to the smoke alarm requirements for properties that receive funding from the Multi-Family Housing (MFH) Section 515 Rural Rental Housing and the Section 514/516 Farm Labor Housing Direct Loan and Grant programs. Comments are due by March 8, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 5, 2024 - Discusses a recent study analyzing the intersection of lack of mental healthcare access and high speed internet access in rural Georgia and the resulting health disparities. Highlights the use of telehealth for increasing mental healthcare access, particularly for students. Notes federal policies aiming to make high speed internet more affordable.
Source: GPB News, PBS, NPR
Jan 2, 2024 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service invites applications for the Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation (RT) systems grants to provide technical assistance and training to rural communities and Federally Recognized Native American Tribes (FRNAT) to help them improve their passenger transportation services and facilities. Applications are due by April 1, 2024.
Source: Federal Register