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Resources by Topic: Broadband

Broadband and Student Performance Gaps After the COVID-19 Pandemic
Analyzes the impact of broadband access during the COVID-19 pandemic on adolescent student experience in rural Michigan. Provides data and information related digital device and broadband access, learning from home, student achievement and wellbeing, and future directions for broadband equity.
Author(s): Keith N. Hampton, Gabriel E. Hales, Johannes M. Bauer, et al.
Date: 08/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Michigan State University, Quello Center
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Dual Barriers: Examining Digital Access and Travel Burdens to Hospital Maternity Care Access in the United States, 2020
Analyzes the relationship between drive time to hospital maternity units and access to digital/telehealth care in mitigating travel burden. Utilizes 2020 American Hospital Association Annual Survey data with information broken down by rural versus urban location, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and broadband and digital device access.
Author(s): Peiyin Hung, Marion Granger, Nansi Boghossian, et al.
Citation: The Milbank Quarterly, 101(4), 1327-1347
Date: 08/2023
Type: Document
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Report: Understanding Disaster Resiliency Factors for Broadband Deployments
Highlights broadband infrastructure vulnerabilities at the census block level related to natural disasters. Discusses unserved and underserved areas as well as 2 rural focused case studies. Makes recommendations to policymakers for a more resilient broadband infrastructure. Includes the Broadband Climate Risk Mitigation Tool for county and census block data.
Date: 08/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center on Rural Innovation
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Delivery of High-Speed Broadband Services in Unserved and Underserved Areas of the Commonwealth (Pennsylvania): Fourth Annual Report
Provides an update on the role of broadband in education, telehealth, agriculture, and community and economic development; barriers to development; funding resources; developments in Pennsylvania state and local initiatives; and efforts to identify unserved and underserved Pennsylvania communities. Includes a discussion of the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority and new federal funding for expansion and development in Pennsylvania.
Additional links: Summary
Author(s): Yvonne Llewellyn Hursh, Lydia Hack, Allison N. Kobzowicz, Bryan W. DeWalt, Wendy L. Baker
Date: 07/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Joint State Government Commission, General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
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Changes in Telehealth Experienced by Advanced Practice RNs During COVID-19
Summarizes 7,467 advanced practice RNs' national survey responses from June-September 2020 about the use of telehealth before and during the pandemic, and analyzes free-text comments about how the use of telehealth changed during the pandemic. Discusses challenges in rural areas, including provider shortages and lack of broadband access.
Author(s): Mavis N. Schorn, Carole R. Myers, Julie Barroso, et al.
Citation: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 41(7), 507–513
Date: 07/2023
Type: Document
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The Future of the Universal Service Fund and Related Broadband Programs
Provides an overview of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Universal Service Fund (USF) and its four programs: the High Cost Program, Lifeline Program, Rural Health Care Program, and Schools and Libraries Program. Describes legislation introduced in the 118th Congress that would impact the USF programs. Outlines considerations for Congress and five areas for possible reform.
Date: 07/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Telehealth in Michigan: Insights and Data for Effective Policymaking
Examines telehealth usage in Michigan for the purpose of policymaking. Evaluates the impact of expanding telehealth in rural Michigan, usage by Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics, broadband, and more. Suggests policy recommendations including for issues in rural telehealth.
Author(s): Chad Ellimoottil, Ziwei Zhu, Xinwei Hi, Monica Van Til
Date: 06/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Ethel & James Flinn Foundation, Michigan Health Endowment Fund
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Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program: Issues and Congressional Considerations
Provides an overview of the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program, which was created to provide broadband service to unserved locations. Discusses three issues for potential consideration by Congress: determining unserved locations for BEAD funding allocations, connectivity technologies eligible for BEAD funding, and BEAD's relationship to other federal broadband programs.
Date: 06/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2017-2021 American Community Survey Chartbook
State- and county-level information on population, age, race and ethnicity, housing occupancy, education, labor force, employment, income, health insurance coverage, disability, and veteran status, for the 13 Appalachian states. Features statistics with breakdowns by 5 levels of population density. Includes data explorer options for Appalachian categories such as population and age, education, income and poverty, computer and broadband access, rural Appalachia versus rural America, and employment and commuting.
Additional links: Full Report
Author(s): Kelvin Pollard, Sara Srygley, Linda A. Jacobsen
Date: 06/2023
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, Population Reference Bureau
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North Carolina Rural Broadband: Accessibility, Affordability, and Adoption
Fact sheet providing an overview of broadband in North Carolina. Provides statistics on internet availability and children without internet access in rural, suburban, and urban counties, and includes a county-level map showing broadband availability index score ranges. Recommends policies for rural broadband improvement.
Date: 05/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Center
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