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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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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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Indicators of Broadband Need Map
Map depicting broadband availability and several indicators of need, including broadband speeds and access to connected technology at the county level. Other map layers include county boundaries, tribal lands, communities in which 20% or more of households are below the poverty level, and proximity to Minority Serving Institutions.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organizations: Broadband USA, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
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State Approaches for Addressing Rural Social Determinants of Health
Recommends state and federal tactics to improve social determinants of health and address rural health disparities. Covers transportation, broadband, income, and educational attainment.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
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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.
Additional links: 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 each community.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Blandin Foundation
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Reimagine Rural Health in Missouri
Summarizes the current infrastructure, workforce, access strategies and policies to strengthen the delivery of rural health in Missouri.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Missouri Hospital Association
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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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