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Resources by Topic: Broadband

Are You Connected?
Bar chart showing household broadband subscription rates in nonmetropolitan and metropolitan areas by region.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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USDA Road Trip Through Rural America: Q&A with Anne Hazlett
An interview with USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett. Hazlett discusses the role USDA programs play in addressing rural health-related concerns such as broadband access and shares what she has learned from a series of rural roundtables focused on opioid misuse.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2016
Provides data on computer and Internet use by household characteristics, including location in a metropolitan or nonmetro area, for the nation and by region. Includes information on owning a desktop or laptop computer, owning a smartphone, owning a tablet, having an Internet subscription, and having broadband access.
Author(s): Camille Ryan
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Realizing the Benefits of Rural Broadband: Challenges and Solutions
Presents the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the benefits, challenges, and solutions to rural broadband issues. Features testimony from an Associate Administrator and Chief Nursing Officer at Wallowa Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in Enterprise, Oregon, on the role broadband plays in healthcare access via telehealth to rural and frontier areas.
Additional links: Jenni Word Testimony
Date: 07/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
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The Future of Rural Transportation and Mobility for Older Adults: Current Trends and Future Directions in Technology-enabled Solutions
Focuses on transformation of mobility for older adults in rural areas through innovation in transportation solutions. Describes how mobility restrictions are a social determinant of health, and the ways in which this can adversely impact health and independence for older rural people
Author(s): Andrew Broderick
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Grantmakers In Aging
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2018 Broadband Deployment Report
Reports on broadband deployment in the United States, with information specific to broadband access in rural and tribal communities and the U.S. territories. Includes rural broadband deployment data by state and county. See the appendices for detailed county data.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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Remarks of Commissioner Mignon Clyburn (as prepared): National Rural Health Association
Statement given at the February 2018 National Rural Health Association (NRHA) Policy Institute. Discusses the goals of the Connect2Health Task Force: to understand the future interplay of broadband, technology, and health policy and to ensure the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) stays ahead of the innovation curve. Highlights the FCC's focus of broadband deployment to provide a foundation for health and describes a broadband-enabled project in Appalachian Kentucky created to provide healthcare services to cancer patients.
Author(s): Mignon Clyburn
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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USDA Rural Development 2017 Performance Report
Report highlights the performance of investments by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development for 2017. Features three successful rural programs funded by USDA Rural Development. Includes a list of Rural Development State Offices.
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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Rural Aging in America: Proceedings of the 2017 Connectivity Summit
Summarizes discussions from the 2017 Connectivity Summit on rural aging in the U.S. Covers social connections, access to health resources, and innovative approaches to improve care and deliver programs to the rural elderly. Includes recommendations for stakeholders to improve collaboration and work to improve the health of aging rural residents.
Author(s): Alexis Skoufalos, Janice L. Clarke, Dana Rose Ellis, Vicki L. Shepard, Elizabeth Y. Rula
Citation: Population Health Management, 20(Suppl 2), S-1-S-10
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
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Emerging Strategies to Ensure Access to Health Care Services: Virtual Care Strategies
Discusses opportunities to use telehealth to improve healthcare access and delivery to vulnerable rural and urban communities. Includes recommendations from the American Hospital Association Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities and details the benefits of telehealth services and potential policy solutions such as reimbursement, interaction of state and federal laws, broadband access, and federal research.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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