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Resources by Topic: Broadband

The Share of Households With Wired Broadband Remains Below 60 Percent in Nearly 800 Rural Counties, Mostly in Poor and Remote Regions
Map identifying rural counties where 60% or more households had wired broadband in 2010 and 2016.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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FirstNet: Efforts to Establish the Public-Safety Broadband Network
Testimony describing the First Responder Network Authority's (FirstNet) efforts as it works to establish a reliable, secure, and interoperable national public-safety broadband network. Includes a discussion on the challenges associated with providing coverage in rural areas, and addresses concerns about inadequate communication with tribal stakeholders.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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The Status of Telemedicine in Missouri
Provides background information on rural-specific healthcare issues in Missouri, and discusses the value of using telehealth to improve rural healthcare access. Also shares policy recommendations and details about eligibility and payment requirements.
Author(s): Dave Dillon, Jim Mikes
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Missouri Hospital Association
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Urban-Rural Divide: Mapping Broadband Access
Describes how access to broadband varies across the country. Includes a county-level map of broadband access. Discusses how broadband impacts rural people, including its impact on healthcare access.
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Community Commons
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Digital Gap Between Rural and Nonrural America Persists
Highlights differences in broadband access and technology adoption, such as smart phone or tablet use, between rural and urban residents of the U.S.
Author(s): Andrew Perrin
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Charitable Trusts
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Anticipating Economic Returns of Rural Telehealth
Discusses the quantifiable and nonquantifiable benefits of utilizing telehealth services in rural areas across the U.S. Provides tables showing estimated savings on travel expenses, lost wages, and hospital costs by state. Outlines some of the challenges facing telehealth and makes recommendations for future improvements. Linked video shows the author presenting portions of the paper at a Foundation for Rural Service event.
Additional links: Video Presentation
Author(s): Rick Schadelbauer
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NTCA: The Rural Broadband Association
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Roundtable Discussion on "Building Native America Together: Infrastructure Innovation and Improvements for the New Administration and Indian Country."
Provides a webinar recording of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), the House Committee on Natural Resources, and participating panelists, discussing infrastructure needs in Indian country. Focuses on healthcare, education, economic development, broadband, and other infrastructure needs.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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USDA Rural Development: 2016 Progress Report
Highlights the investments U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) has made to promote community and economic development in 2016, many of which impact the overall health and safety of rural Americans. Provides state-by-state statistics, funding totals for RD programs, and highlights a specific RD program from each state. Includes information on RD funding for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Western Pacific.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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Critical Need Counties in Broadband & Health - Rural 2017
Identifies counties with a critical need related to both broadband access and health, based on data related to broadband access, internet adoption, diabetes, and obesity. Only counties with a majority of the population living in rural areas and a total population equal to or exceeding 15,000, the median population for rural counties were considered for inclusion.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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Co-ops Play Vital Role in Extending Broadband in Rural Tennessee
Discusses the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act's impact on economic development, education, and healthcare improvement, and the ways in which Tennessee co-ops have supported the initiative.
Author(s): Anne Mayberry
Citation: Rural Cooperatives, 84(4), 10-13
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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