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Resources by Topic: Broadband

Panel Discussion: Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide with Broadband
Discussion of the need for broadband in rural areas in order to attract and retain residents and businesses and to provide residents with access to jobs, education, and healthcare.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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Statement of Chairman Ajit Pai, Federal Communications Commission: Hearing on the FCC's Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request
Offers a statement from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman on the 2020 FCC budget at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcomittee on Financial Services and General Government. Addresses federal investments in rural broadband and the rural healthcare program, the impact of those investments, and future plans.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Federal Communications Commission, Senate Committee on Appropriations
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Report on Promoting Broadband Internet Access Service for Veterans Pursuant to the Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act of 2018
Provides an overview of broadband access and broadband adoption for low-income and rural veteran households. Details barriers for veterans accessing broadband and efforts to increase access, such as the Universal Service Fund and Rural Health Care programs. Discusses the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) special focus on providing healthcare services for veterans in rural and remote location via telehealth. Offers recommendations for Congress regarding broadband access for low-income and rural veterans.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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Report on Broadband Deployment in Indian Country, Pursuant to the Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act of 2018
Provides an overview of fixed and mobile broadband deployment throughout tribal lands. Offers data comparing rural and urban tribal and non-tribal household broadband coverage. Discusses programs and other actions to increase access to broadband on tribal lands, including a focus on the Rural Health Care Program.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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Broadband Mapping: Challenges and Solutions
Recording of a hearing from the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation focusing on efforts to collect more accurate broadband coverage information. Includes testimonies from the U.S. Telecom Association, Competitive Carriers Association, Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, and others regarding current mapping challenges and the importance of broadband access for rural communities, including for healthcare services.
Additional links: Jonathan Spalter Testimony, Mike McCormick Testimony, Mike Oblizalo Testimony, Tim Donovan Testimony
Date: 04/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, U.S. Senate
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The 2018 Farm Bill (P.L. 115-334): Summary and Side-by-Side Comparison
Analyzes the 2018 Farm Bill by comparing House and Senate versions of the bill and the previous 2014 bill. Includes important rural provisions addressing substance abuse treatment, telemedicine funding, broadband access, and rural hospital loans.
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Rural Development Telecom Awards, 2012-17
Bar chart showing total awards and total recipients by year for USDA Rural Development telecommunications programs, with totals including the Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program, Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program, Community Connect Grant Program, and Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan and Loan Guarantee Program.
Date: 02/2019
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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American Broadband Initiative Milestones Report
Highlights steps for the federal government to take to increase broadband access and increase private-sector investments in broadband. Discusses broadband and mobile broadband deployment and adoption in the U.S. and offers statistics by urban, rural, and tribal lands. Provides recommendations discussing strategies, objectives, and overcoming barriers to increase broadband in urban and rural areas and tribal lands.
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Broadband Internet Access and the Digital Divide: Federal Assistance Programs
Describes broadband Internet access issues in rural and underserved areas and federal assistance programs in place to help address these issues. Includes information on support specific to rural healthcare.
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Deconstructing the Digital Divide: Identifying the Supply and Demand Factors That Drive Internet Subscription Rates
Provides discussion and analysis on the factors influencing broadband subscription rates, including information based on service availability and community attributes. Describes rural specific examples and contexts throughout.
Author(s): Michael J. R. Martin
Date: 2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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