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: 03/2019 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service view details
The 2018 Farm Bill (P.L. 115-334): Summary and Side-by-Side Comparison
Analyzes the 2018 Farm Bill by comparing House and Senate versions of the bill and the previous 2014 bill. Includes important rural provisions addressing substance abuse treatment, telemedicine funding, broadband access, and rural hospital loans.
Date: 02/2019 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service view details
Rural Development Telecom Awards, 2012-17
Bar chart showing total awards and total recipients by year for USDA Rural Development telecommunications programs, with totals including the Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program, Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program, Community Connect Grant Program, and Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan and Loan Guarantee Program.
Date: 02/2019 Type: Chart/Graph Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service view details
American Broadband Initiative Milestones Report
Highlights steps for the federal government to take to
increase broadband access and increase private-sector
investments in broadband. Discusses broadband and mobile
broadband deployment and adoption in the U.S. and offers
statistics by urban, rural, and tribal lands. Provides
recommendations discussing strategies, objectives, and
overcoming barriers to increase broadband in urban and
rural areas and tribal lands.
Date: 02/2019 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Agriculture view details
Rural Development 2018 Performance Report
Report highlights the performance of investments by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development for 2018. Features three successful rural programs funded by USDA Rural Development. Includes a list of Rural Development State Offices.
Date: 2019 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development view details
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 view details
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.
Bohdan Zachary Testimony, Tim Donovan Testimony
Date: 12/2018 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: House Committee on Energy and Commerce view details