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Resources by Topic: Broadband

Oversight Hearing on "GAO Reports Relating to Broadband Internet Availability on Tribal Lands"
Presents a U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs oversight hearing on broadband access on tribal lands. Discusses the U.S.Government Accountability Office (GAO) report: Broadband Internet: FCC's Data Overstate Access on Tribal Lands. Features testimony from representatives from the GAO, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Tribal Telecommunications Association, and AMERIND Risk.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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Tribal Broadband: Few Partnerships Exist and the Rural Utilities Service Needs to Identify and Address Any Funding Barriers Tribes Face
Examines tribal broadband access, federal funding to tribal entities for improving broadband access, and barriers to obtaining such federal funding. Identifies tribal partnership agreements that have increased broadband access and discusses the outcomes. Addresses challenges specific to rural areas and the healthcare benefits of broadband access.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Tennessee State of Our State: Broadband Internet
Provides information on broadband access for rural Tennessee residents. Describes broadband subscription rates by annual income level, employment, and education. Discusses broadband in terms of increasing and improving healthcare access. Covers lessons learned from broadband implementation from other states and steps the state is taking to address broadband adoption barriers.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Rural Strategies, ThinkTennessee
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Broadband Internet: FCC's Data Overstate Access on Tribal Lands
Examines the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) data collection methods to evaluate tribal broadband access in order to improve the accuracy of their efforts to fund underserved areas. Addresses scenarios that affect broadband access and offers three recommendations for the FCC.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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About a Quarter of Rural Americans Say Access to High-Speed Internet Is a Major Problem
Shares the views of rural residents describing their access to high speed internet and the scope of the problem. Includes information on internet use, smartphone ownership, and home broadband by rurality.
Author(s): Monica Anderson
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Research Center
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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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