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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Broadband

HealthierRuralWest Resource Guide
Lists information and resources on various rural health topics such as telehealth; broadband; other technologies to support rural healthcare; social determinants of health; healthcare workforce; mental health; substance abuse; and health equity. Includes rural health resources for specific audiences, including providers, researchers, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and communities.
Author(s): David Angelson, Phil Polakoff
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: A Healthier WE
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e-Connectivity @ USDA: Broadband Resources for Rural America
Provides an overview of e-connectivity and briefly covers its benefits related to healthcare, education, the economy, and public safety. Describes the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) role in e-connectivity in rural areas. Includes a USDA e-connectivity resource matrix highlighting 27 programs to serve as a guide for planning, researching, and implementing e-connectivity activities and projects. Covers USDA program success stories that expanded broadband access in their rural communities.
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: USDA Rural Development, USDA Rural Development
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RAY BAUM’S Act: A Bipartisan Foundation for Bridging the Digital Divide
Presents a congressional hearing from the House Energy & Commerce Committee on the Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services (RAY BAUM’S) Act, which reauthorized the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with reforms intended to help promote the deployment of broadband. Includes provisions targeted towards increasing broadband access for rural and tribal areas. Features testimony from representatives of the National Association of Broadcasters, Competitive Carriers Association, APCO International, and the Milwaukee Public Broadcast Station.
Additional links: Bohdan Zachary Testimony, Tim Donovan Testimony
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: House Energy and Commerce Committee
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Broadband Subscription Rate for U.S. Counties
Bar chart showing average broadband subscription rates for households with incomes under $50,000 and incomes of $50,000 or more, for mostly urban, mostly rural, and completely rural counties.
Date: 12/2018
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Percentage of Households With Subscription to Any Broadband Service: 2013-2017
National map showing household broadband subscription rates by county.
Additional links: Completely Rural Counties, Mostly Rural Counties, Mostly Urban Counties
Date: 12/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Expanding Internet Access Bank Financing for Rural Broadband Initiatives
Highlights multiple initiatives and other work being done by banks and federal savings associations to help rural communities expand access to broadband and internet services. Discusses broadband projects in rural Minnesota, Appalachian County Ohio, and Alaska.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
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State Laws and Policies Affecting Broadband Access in Eight Northern Region States
Highlights several state-level broadband policies and their effect on healthcare access in rural communities in Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Compares broadband access in rural areas to state and national averages and breaks down the policies in each state.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Network for Public Health Law
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Tribal Broadband: FCC Should Undertake Efforts to Better Promote Tribal Access to Spectrum
Examines wireless broadband access for tribal entities, barriers to obtaining spectrum licensing for tribes, and steps taken by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to support tribal access. Provides recommendations for the FCC to improve broadband wireless internet access in rural tribal areas.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Broadband Loan and Grant Programs in the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service
Discusses disparities in rural broadband access and Rural Utilities Service (RUS) programs intended to address this issue. Addresses criticisms of RUS broadband programs and related legislation, including the amount of Rural Development Telecom Awards for each state. Highlights the benefits of broadband access, such as rural economic development and telemedicine.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Map to Prosperity
Discusses the potential of broadband's affects on the rural economy, especially for farming operations and small businesses. Describes broadband access in rural areas. Includes rural versus urban comparisons for rural broadband access and funding and technical assistance programs to increase broadband adoption.
Author(s): Johnathan Hladik
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Affairs
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