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Resources by Topic: Broadband

Bringing Broadband to Rural America: Report on a Rural Broadband Strategy
Describes a comprehensive rural broadband strategy proposed to Congress and recommendations for improving inter-agency coordination of broadband policies. Covers initiatives for assessing broadband needs in rural areas and for specific federal agency programs and resources to overcome the obstacles that currently impede rural broadband deployment.
Author(s): Michael J. Copps
Date: 05/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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Comments of the Rural Policy Research Institute to US Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Broadband Initiatives
Describes issues associated with high-speed Internet access in rural America and recommends principles for rural broadband policy.
Author(s): Brian Dabson
Date: 04/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute
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Audit Report: Rural Utilities Service Broadband Loan and Loan Guarantee Program
Examines the Rural Utilities Service program, which is designed to bring Internet service to the rural U.S.
Date: 03/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Office of the Inspector General
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Telecommunications: Broadband Deployment Is Extensive throughout the United States, but It Is Difficult to Assess the Extent of Deployment Gaps in Rural Areas
Provides information on the current status of broadband deployment and factors that influence the deployment of broadband networks in rural areas. Based on case studies in eight states: Alaska, California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 05/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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USAC Open Data
Provides data related to broadband connectivity funding programs and the ability to create data visualizations. Covers the Rural Health Care program, which provides broadband connectivity assistance to rural healthcare providers, the Lifeline Program, the E-rate program, and the High Cost program, which seeks to expand broadband connectivity. Includes the Connect America Fund Broadband Map.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Universal Service Administrative Company
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Measuring Impact of Broadband in 5 Rural MN Communities
Provides case studies exploring the impact of broadband investments in rural, Minnesota, including its uses for healthcare and economic development. Identifies the economic impact for reach community.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Blandin Foundation
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USDA: Broadband
Provides information and resources on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's investment in rural broadband and e-connectivity. Includes new program offerings, loan and grant programs, and other opportunities available, including those that support healthcare services.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Rural Development Innovation Center
Website provides information about the Rural Development Innovation Center, which features resources and best practices for rural communities seeking to improve quality of life through job creation, infrastructure improvements, community partnerships, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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Mapping Broadband Health in America
Connect2Health mapping tool for visualizing broadband access, demographics, and health data at the national, state, and county levels. Includes a rural filter based on the percent of the population that is rural.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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Smart Rural Community
Resources focused on broadband availability and implementation, designating towns as a "Smart Rural Community." Includes white papers, videos, webcasts, and access to models that can be followed to create your own rural telecommunications hub.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: NTCA: The Rural Broadband Association
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