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Resources by Topic: Broadband

Tribal Broadband: National Strategy and Coordination Framework Needed to Increase Access
Provides an overview of federal programs that support the deployment of broadband infrastructure on tribal lands and the extent to which federal agencies focus on tribal issues related to broadband access. Discusses barriers tribes and providers face in accessing these federally-funded programs. Providers recommendations for the Executive Office of the President and the Department of Commerce to address tribal needs and engagement in a national broadband strategy.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Delivery of High-Speed Broadband Services in Unserved and Underserved Areas of the Commonwealth (Pennsylvania)
Provides an update on the role of broadband in education, telehealth, agriculture, and community and economic development; barriers to development; funding resources; developments in Pennsylvania state and local initiatives; and efforts to identify unserved and underserved Pennsylvania communities. Discusses the creation of the Pennsylvania Broadband Authority and the impact of new federal funding on broadband expansion and development in Pennsylvania.
Author(s): Yvonne Llewellyn Hursh, Lydia Hack, Allison N. Kobzowicz, Bryan W. DeWalt, Wendy L. Baker
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Joint State Government Commission, General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
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Northern Border Regional Commission State and Region Chartbooks: A Health-Focused Landscape Analysis
Webinar describing a project compiling the most recent publicly available data related to health and healthcare access at the county and state level for Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. Discusses healthcare professional shortage areas and highlights counties with worse health outcomes than other counties in the region. Features statistics on demographics with breakdowns by rural location, socioeconomic characteristics, access to care, health outcomes and behaviors, community safety, death rates and top causes of death, internet access, insurance coverage, telehealth policies, scope of practice for various provider types, and maps showing Heath Professional Shortage Areas and locations of Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and Critical Access Hospitals.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Transcript
Author(s): Katherine Ahrens
Date: 06/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Maine Rural Health Research Center, Rural Health Research Gateway
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#RuralTalks Broadband and Infrastructure Highlights
A video compilation of clip highlights from the May 2022 #RuralTalks Broadband and Infrastructure Seminar. Discusses impacts of COVID-19, broadband, access, and infrastructure issues.
Date: 06/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural LISC
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South Dakota Broadband Resource Guide
Report examines rural broadband access in South Dakota. Details rates of access across the state, discusses digital literacy, and provides community resources for expanding broadband access.
Author(s): Heidi Kolbeck-Urlacher
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Affairs
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HRSA National Telehealth Conference Summary Report
Offers a summary of presentations and panels delivered at the the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and telehealth.hhs.gov National Telehealth Conference, convened over 2 days in May 2022. Includes key takeaway points related to telehealth changes during the COVID-19 pandemic, improving access to broadband, resources available through the Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs), and more. Appendices include conference materials and resources.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Connected Nation Texas Rural Hospital Survey Results
Presents results of a survey of 163 rural Texas hospitals on internet technology use, barriers to using online services for healthcare providers and patients, and ways to expand remote options for rural residents. Addresses internet connectivity and service, cybersecurity, and federal and state grant opportunities to support broadband expansion.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Connected Nation Texas, Texas State Office of Rural Health
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Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Tribal Playbook: A Roadmap for Delivering Opportunity and Investments in Indian Country
Provides an overview of tribal-specific funding opportunities created by the 2022 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, offering guidance to help tribal governments and communities identify programs and sources of funds and determine eligibility for other programs. Outlines tribal set asides by program and other infrastructure funding opportunities that are not tribal-specific.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The White House
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Broadband: National Strategy Needed to Guide Federal Efforts to Reduce Digital Divide
Provides an overview of federal agencies and programs that support the deployment of broadband in the United States. Discusses the extent to which these programs are fragmented or overlap, as well as how agencies coordinate their efforts. Offers recommendations to improve the alignment of the various broadband programs, including the development of a national broadband strategy.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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The Future of Telehealth Roundtable: The Potential Impact of Emerging Technologies on Health Equity
Presents insights and key ideas from a roundtable on the future of telehealth following the COVID-19 pandemic, covering barriers to telehealth delivery, opportunities for equitable care, and policy and regulatory issues impacting telehealth access. Includes rural mentions throughout.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Committee for Quality Assurance
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