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Resources by Topic: Broadband

Telehealth in Rural America
Policy paper focused on telehealth in the rural U.S. Addresses state and national policies related to insurance coverage of telehealth, infrastructure challenges such as broadband access, licensure issues, reimbursement, and other barriers to telehealth access.
Author(s): Windy Alonso, Elizabeth Crouch, Nicole Thorell
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Broadband Mapping: Small Carrier Perspectives on a Path Forward
Congressional hearing before the U.S. House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure regarding challenges to developing accurate broadband access maps to help direct funding to rural areas without broadband services. Includes testimony from the Competitive Carriers Association, The Rural Broadband Association, WTA-Advocates for Rural Broadband, and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
Additional links: Beth Osler Testimony, Dan Stelpflug Testimony, Jason Hendricks Testimony, Tim Donovan Testimony
Date: 06/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: U.S. House of Representatives
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Rural Texas Communities Face Many Challenges, Opportunities
Radio broadcast recording focused on the Texas Rural Challenge conference themes: cultivate, innovate, collaborate. Addresses rural economic development, broadband access, rural hospital closures and other healthcare challenges, food deserts, regional collaboration, and more. Includes guests from the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals, Institute for Economic Development at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Small Business Development Center National Information Clearinghouse, and Texas Department of Agriculture.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: High Plains Public Radio
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Broadband Deployment: Status and Federal Programs
Addresses the availability of broadband in rural, urban, and tribal areas of the U.S.; percent of households with broadband; and federal programs supporting broadband development and adoption.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Broadband Availability and Access in Rural Pennsylvania
Report details broadband access in rural Pennsylvania. Discussed broadband speed and the role it plays in rural telehealth services. Features a literature review and policy recommendations.
Author(s): Sascha D. Meinrath, Hannah Bonestroo, Georgia Bullen, et al.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
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Digital Gap Between Rural and Nonrural America Persists
Highlights differences in broadband access and technology adoption, such as smart phone or tablet use, between rural and urban residents of the U.S.
Author(s): Andrew Perrin
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Research Center
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Small Businesses and Their Limitations Without Reliable Access to Rural Broadband
Provides materials from a U.S. House Committee on Small Business hearing on the importance of rural broadband access held in Scandia, Minnesota. Addresses the importance for real estate, schools, healthcare (including telehealth and mobile health technology), and small businesses. Includes testimonies from Realty Executives, East Central Minnesota Educational Cable Cooperative, Cambridge Presbyterian Homes, and Bulltear Industries, Inc.
Additional links: Greg Carlson Testimony
Date: 05/2019
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. House of Representatives
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2019 Broadband Deployment Report
Reports on broadband deployment in the U.S., with information specific to broadband access in rural and tribal communities and the U.S. territories. Includes rural broadband deployment data by state and county. See the appendices for detailed county data.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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2018 Farm Bill Primer: Rural Development Programs
Highlights the new rural development provisions included in the 2018 Farm Bill, which address rural access to high-speed broadband, rural health, loans and grants for rural water and wastewater infrastructure, economic development, and more. Outlines changes in how rural is defined for these programs.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2013-2017 American Community Survey Chartbook
Presents data form the American Community Survey for Appalachia from 2013-2017. Details data pertaining to health insurance coverage, transportation, and internet access, among other measures.
Author(s): Kelvin Pollard, Linda A. Jacobsen
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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