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Resources by Topic: Broadband

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 services in the Appalachian region. Focuses on identifying the unversed demand for broadband, developing partnerships, and reducing barriers for broadband providers to develop technology in undeserved areas. Identifies priorities as reducing isolation, supporting economic development, increasing educational opportunities, improving healthcare including telehealth, and enhancing 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
Reports 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 FY17.
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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Tribal Internet Access: Increased Federal Coordination and Performance Measurement Needed
Interviews officials from 21 tribal entities and 6 service providers to understand perspectives on high-speed internet access and barriers within remote tribal communities. Highlights the importance of high-speed internet for rural health care facilities to support telemedicine.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Independence, Technology, and Connection in Older Age
Explores a wide range of technologies that promote continued independence and productivity for older Americans, including telehealth services for people in rural and underserved areas. Addresses lack of access to broadband or Internet connection in many rural areas.
Date: 03/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology
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U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service Broadband Initiatives Program Final Report
Summary of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as it pertains to broadband services in rural America. Funded projects were completed by September 2015. Includes data and statistics about miles of fiber deployed, affected locations, and active projects.
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Utilities Service
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Beyond Rural Walls: Identifying Impacts and Interdependencies Among Rural and Urban Spaces - A Survey of Literature
Discusses the economic benefits of broadband distribution and usage in business, education, healthcare, and public safety in rural and urban areas. Describes the interdependencies between rural and urban broadband, and the impact of rural broadband utilization on urban areas.
Author(s): Joshua Seidemann
Date: 10/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NTCA: The Rural Broadband Association
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