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Resources by Topic: Broadband

The Association of Broadband Internet Access and Telemedicine Utilization in Rural Western Tennessee: An Observational Study
Results of a study to determine whether broadband internet availability was associated with telemedicine adoption among a rural patient population in western Tennessee. Features statistics including race, sex, insurance type, broadband access, and location with breakdowns by nonrural, partially rural, or rural areas.
Author(s): Jacob K. Quinton, Michael K. Ong, Sitaram Vangala, et al.
Citation: BMC Health Services Research, 21, 765
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
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Factors Associated With Use of and Satisfaction With Telehealth by Adults in Rural Virginia During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Examines the use of and satisfaction with telehealth services since March 2020 among 253 survey participants from rural Virginia, and explores the association between demographic and health characteristics, health literacy, internet access, and the odds of using telehealth. Features statistics with breakdowns including race or ethnicity, sex, rural or urban location, insurance status, and broadband access.
Author(s): Maria D. Thomson, Abigail C. Mariani, April R. Williams, Arnethea L. Sutton, Vanessa B. Sheppard
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 4(8)
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
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Broadband Task Force: High-Speed Internet is Essential for All Counties
Offers policy recommendations and best practices related to broadband infrastructure, including expansion into rural areas. Discusses broadband technology, community partnerships, and policy considerations. Presents case studies of county-level initiatives and a list of broadband solutions by county in the appendix.
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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COVID-19 Policy Flexibilities Affecting Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs: What to Keep, Modify, or Discard?
Report exploring policy changes during the COVID-19 pandemic, offering recommendations to support telehealth, mental healthcare, and access to care for children and youth with special healthcare needs (CYSHCN), including rural populations. Identifies policy flexibilities and the policy mechanisms and legislation that allowed for those flexibilities.
Author(s): Sharon Silow-Carroll, Helen DuPlessis, Elaine Henry, Samantha Di Paolo
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Health Management Associates, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health
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Rural Coronavirus Response with CDBG-CV
Provides information on funding opportunities through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the CARES Act to support rural housing, food, broadband, and economic development. Discusses examples of programs using CDBG funds to respond to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and offers links to useful resources.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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Broadband Resources for Regional Development Organizations
Provides examples of broadband feasibility plans for several states, links to conference presentations, case studies, and reports, and federal resources for broadband expansion.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Development Organizations
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Counties Testify on Challenges and Opportunities Rural Counties Will Face in a Post-COVID Economy
Video recording of testimony from rural healthcare and economic organization leadership to the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. Topics include rural economic concerns following COVID-19, county-level responses to COVID-19, rural hospitals and workforce issues, broadband access, and federal programs serving rural communities and healthcare.
Additional links: Testimony Transcripts
Date: 06/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2015-2019 American Community Survey Chartbook
State- and county-level information on population, age, race and ethnicity, housing occupancy, education, labor force, employment, income, health insurance coverage, disability, and veteran status, for the 13 Appalachian states. Features statistics with breakdowns by 5 levels of population density.
Additional links: All Report Data, All Report Maps, All Report Tables
Author(s): Kelvin Pollard, Linda A. Jacobsen
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Population Reference Bureau
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Poverty and Access to Internet, by County
Data visualization representing internet access via computers and smartphones, broadband access, and percentage of individuals in poverty at the county level.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Mobile Technology and Home Broadband 2021
Discusses results of a survey on broadband access and smartphone ownership. Includes data by age, race, education level, income, and rural/urban residence. Addresses internet connection issues, smartphone dependence, and cost issues.
Author(s): Andrew Perrin
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Research Center
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