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Resources by Topic: Broadband

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 Research Center
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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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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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Collaborating for Prosperity with American Indians and Alaska Natives: Programs for Tribal Families, Children, and Communities
Highlights the major USDA Rural Development (RD) programs and initiatives that support American Indians and Alaska Natives. Covers topics such as food security, housing, education, healthcare, economic opportunity, and infrastructure. Also includes program specific details and contact information for the RD office in each state.
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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Broadband Planning Primer and Toolkit
Provides information, tools and resources on broadband technology and planning for the development of Internet service in the Appalachian region. Focuses on identifying the unserved demand for broadband, developing partnerships, and reducing barriers for broadband providers to develop technology in underserved areas. Priorities of this primer are to reduce isolation, support economic development, increase educational opportunities, improve healthcare including telehealth, and enhance community capacity within the region.
Author(s): Jane Smith Patterson, Deborah T. Watts, Brian Rathbone, Stephanie Jane Edwards
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Report to Congress: E-health and Telemedicine
Report regarding the current state of e-health and telemedicine after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Includes current policy challenges, discussion of federal level telehealth activity, and a legislative proposal for the Fiscal Year 2017 budget.
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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The Economic Impact of Rural Broadband
Provides an estimate of the direct and indirect economic activities of the rural broadband industry on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and their effect on other rural industries, including healthcare.
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Hudson Institute
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