Skip to main content
Rural Health Information Hub

Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Broadband

Snapshot of Rural Health in Colorado, 2024
Provides an overview of rural health in Colorado. Includes data and statistics on a variety of indicators, such as education, poverty, rural economy, healthcare coverage and access, rural health information technology, mental health, oral health, emergency medical services (EMS) and workforce shortages. Includes five regional snapshots from around the state.
Additional links: Eastern Plains Regional Snapshot, Mountain West Regional Snapshot, Northwest Regional Snapshot, San Luis Valley Regional Snapshot, Southwest Regional Snapshot
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
view details
Minnesota Office of Broadband Development: Annual Report 2023
Discusses grant activity and milestones reached in 2023 to increase broadband availability in Minnesota. Provides maps and statistics related to broadband coverage, as well as rates of broadband coverage in non-metro areas.
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
view details
Telehealth Expansion, Internet Speed, and Primary Care Access Before and During COVID-19
Analyzes changes in primary care telehealth access among 172,387 Wisconsin Medicaid beneficiaries before and during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Covers the period June 2019 to December 2021, with data on telehealth visit count, telehealth share of visits, and PHE-induced decline in visits offset by telehealth. Assesses change in access over time by demographic characteristics, rural-urban dwelling, access to high speed internet, and health status.
Author(s): Alyssa Shell Tilhou, Arjun Jain, Thomas DeLeire
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 7(1), e2347686
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
view details
Bridging a Care Gap: Policy Opportunities for Improving Access to Home-Based Primary Care
Recording of a panel discussion on home-based primary care for rural older adults and policies that could address challenges with offering and accessing home-based primary care. Discusses telehealth, broadband, community infrastructure, service models, community health workers, and more. Transcript available in the video description.
Date: 12/2023
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Duke Margolis Institute for Health Policy
view details
What's in it for Rural? Analyzing the Opportunities for Rural America in IIJA, CHIPS, and IRA
Evaluates the significance to rural areas of appropriations and authorizations approved by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), the CHIPS and Science Act (CHIPS), and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Identifies rural-significant funding by agency and sector, and discusses economic and financial aspects of allocations and funding structure. Summarizes major appropriations in infrastructure, energy, climate resilience, broadband, environment, and more. Provides recommendations for use and reporting of funds by officials, agencies, and policymakers.
Author(s): Anthony F. Pipa, Elise Pietro
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Brookings Institution
view details
Federal Funding for Broadband Deployment: Agencies and Considerations for Congress
Provides an overview of federal agencies that fund broadband deployment and describes each agency's key broadband programs. Discusses policy issues and considerations for Congress related to federal broadband deployment funding at these agencies, including creating a coordinated national broadband strategy, expanding oversight, and shifting to funding sustainability.
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
view details
Who is Served by USDA Rural Broadband Projects? Study Shows Smaller Share of Eligible American Indians and Alaska Natives Reached by ReConnect
Examines which populations were reached in fiscal years 2009-2021 by three USDA rural broadband programs: the Broadband Initiatives Program, the Community Connect grant program, and the ReConnect grant and loan program. Provides information about each program, its service area, and obligations. For the ReConnect program, looks at eligibility and project approval by race/ethnicity, educational attainment, poverty, and population 65 and older, with particular discussion of disparities in access for eligible American Indian and Alaska Native populations.
Author(s): John Pender
Citation: Amber Waves
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
view details
2023 Broadband/Internet Availability Survey Report
Presents findings of a survey capturing rural broadband and internet availability data as reported by 205 internet companies in NTCA's email database. Describes technologies used to provide broadband services, broadband availability and subscription rates, barriers to widespread fiber deployment, and more.
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NTCA: The Rural Broadband Association
view details
Geographic Variations in Driving Time to U.S. Mental Health Care, Digital Access to Technology, & Household Crowdedness
Evaluated distance to mental health services, household crowdedness, and access to technology and broadband alongside rurality to determine barriers to mental healthcare for both rural and urban residents in 31,924 ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs). Discusses implications for telehealth and policy measures addressing the digital divide.
Author(s): Sophia N. D. Negaro, Rachel M. Hantman, Janice C. Probst, et al.
Citation: Health Affairs Scholar, 1(6)
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
view details
Farm Bill Primer: Rural Broadband Provisions
Highlights selected rural broadband programs and provisions included in the 2018 Farm Bill, including the Rural Broadband Program, Community Connect Grant Program, and Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program. Outlines considerations for Congress related to the ReConnect Program, rural health challenges, and expanding broadband to support increased telework opportunities.
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
view details