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Resources by Topic: Broadband

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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Telecommunications: 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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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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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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Rural Health Capital Resources Council Project
Describes the Rural Health Capital Resources Council, comprising over 30 national organizations, philanthropic organizations, regional community development finance organizations, and federal agencies. Represents finance, housing, economic development, rural health, broadband, and the many components that promote healthy communities. Includes links for Council presentations.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Emergency Broadband Benefit Snapshot
A mapping tool that presents 2021 enrollment in the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program by ZIP code.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organizations: Heartland Forward, Rural LISC
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Virginia Department of Health Data Commons
Tool providing opportunities to explore current data insights in Virginia regions, communities, or neighborhoods. Features the Virginia State Office of Rural Health's seven priority metrics, to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the overall health and well-being of Virginia's rural communities.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health
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Fixed Broadband Deployment
Mapping tool offering a visualization of fixed broadband deployment based on FCC Form 477 data collected in June and December each year. Provides census-block level estimates, county-level data, and is searchable by address or location. Offers service provider details and area comparisons.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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Broadband Data Collection
Offers broadband tools and resources, including presentations, fact sheets, data, reports, and mobile broadband maps. Aims to provide up-to-date information on the availability of mobile and fixed broadband services to inform service provider and government decisions concerning the expansion of broadband.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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