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Resources by Topic: Broadband

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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Visualizing Opportunity: Research, Mapping, and Data Analytics
Mapping and data analysis focused on rural communities. Includes a gallery of maps addressing various issues, including maps focused on rural broadband availability, rural definitions, and the digital economy.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organizations: Center on Rural Innovation, Rural Innovation Strategies
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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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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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Mapping Broadband Health in America
Connect2Health mapping tool for visualizing broadband access, demographics, and health data at the national, state, and county levels. Includes a rural filter based on the percent of the population that is rural.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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Smart Rural Community
Resources focused on broadband availability and implementation, designating towns as a "Smart Rural Community." Includes white papers, videos, webcasts, and access to models that can be followed to create your own rural telecommunications hub.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: NTCA: The Rural Broadband Association
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FirstNet (First Responder Network Authority)
Provides information on the development of a national high-speed wireless broadband public safety network, supporting the work of first responders, including emergency medical services personnel.
Type: Website
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