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Resources by Topic: Broadband

Broadband Availability Beyond the Rural / Urban Divide
Compares rural and urban broadband availability based on wireless download speeds, including those fast enough to allow for more advanced applications such as telemedicine.
Author(s): David Beede, Anne Neville
Date: 05/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Telecommunications and Information Administration
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Summary of FCC's Rural Health Care Program
Describes aspects of the Rural Health Care Program, which works to ensure that eligible health care providers have access to telecommunications and broadband services.
Date: 01/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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2012 Minnesota Internet Survey: Digital Divide 2.0 and beyond
Reports on access to high-speed internet service in both rural and urban Minnesota in 2012. Includes a discussion of the trends, costs, time spent online, and reasons for not having internet access at home.
Additional links: Data Collection Methodology Report
Date: 11/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Policy and Development
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Broadband for Rural America: Economic Impacts and Economic Opportunities
Describes the technology challenges in rural areas, including a focus on internet speeds. Discusses the role of telecommunications in healthcare delivery through telemedicine and other technologies.
Date: 10/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Hudson Institute
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Wireline Competition Bureau Evaluation of Rural Health Care Pilot Program: Staff Report
Discusses the Rural Health Care Pilot Program which has helped healthcare providers obtain broadband capability to implement telemedicine and telehealth applications.
Date: 08/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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Economic Contribution of Telecommunication Companies Serving Greater Minnesota: A Report of the Economic Impact Analysis Program University of Minnesota Extension
Focuses on the economic contribution of telecommunication companies with customers in Greater Minnesota. Analyzes survey results to calculate the economic contribution of the industry to sales and employment including health and human services.
Author(s): Brigid Tuck, Bruce Schwartau, Ryan Pesch
Date: 02/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Extension
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Connecting Rural Wisconsin: The Economic Necessity of Broadband
Discusses why broadband access is critical to the future development of rural counties. Benefits include improved access to healthcare, more higher education options, improved public safety, and a stronger infrastructure.
Date: 11/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Technology Council
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Bringing Broadband to Rural America: Update to Report on a Rural Broadband Strategy
Update to the 2009 Rural Broadband Report describing broadband deployment and adoption in rural areas. Discusses telecommunications needs of rural healthcare providers.
Date: 06/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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FCC's Performance Management Weaknesses Could Jeopardize Proposed Reforms of the Rural Health Care Program
Evaluates the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) management of the Rural Health Care Program. Focuses on how well the program is addressing the needs of rural healthcare providers, the impact of the FCC's pilot program design and implementation, and the FCC's performance goals and measures.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 11/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan
Includes the executive summary and full text of the National Broadband Plan, which began taking form in April 2009 and was finalized in March 2010. The plan makes recommendations to the FCC, the Executive Branch, Congress and state and local governments. Chapter 10 focuses on healthcare, and includes some information specific to rural health care facilities.
Date: 03/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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