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Resources by Topic: Broadband

Audit Report: Rural Utilities Service Broadband Loan and Loan Guarantee Program
Examines the Rural Utilities Service program, which is designed to bring Internet service to rural America.
Date: 03/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Office of the Inspector General
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Rural Broadband: A RUPRI Policy Brief
Provides analysis of rural broadband accessibility, usage, technology development, and government action. Includes discussion of broadband's role in rural health care. Recommends principles which should underlay future rural broadband policy.
Author(s): Brian Dabson, Jennifer Keller
Date: 12/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute
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Telecommunications: Broadband Deployment Is Extensive throughout the United States, but It Is Difficult to Assess the Extent of Deployment Gaps in Rural Areas
Provides information on the current status of broadband deployment and factors that influence the deployment of broadband networks in rural areas. Based on case studies in eight states: Alaska, California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 05/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Rural Development Innovation Center
Website provides information about the Rural Development Innovation Center, which features resources and best practices for rural communities seeking to improve quality of life through job creation, infrastructure improvements, community partnerships, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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Mapping Broadband Health in America
Connect2Health mapping tool for visualizing broadband access, demographics, and health data at the national, state, and county levels. Includes a rural filter based on the percent of the population that is rural.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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Smart Rural Community
Resources focused on broadband availability and implementation, designating towns as a "Smart Rural Community." Includes white papers, videos, webcasts, and access to models that can be followed to create your own rural telecommunications hub.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: NTCA: The Rural Broadband Association
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FirstNet (First Responder Network Authority)
Provides information on the development of a national high-speed wireless broadband public safety network, supporting the work of first responders, including emergency medical services personnel.
Type: Website
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Health Information Technology for Rural and Safety Net Providers
Provides a variety of information, models, and resources to support efforts to increase the adoption and use of electronic health records (EHRs) and health information technology (HIT), including telehealth applications in Minnesota.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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The FCC’s Universal Service Rural Health Care Programs
Describes the telecommunications support available to rural health care providers through the Universal Service program, benefits of the program, how it works and how it is funded.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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