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Resources by Topic: Broadband

Economic Contribution of Telecommunication Companies Serving Greater Minnesota: A Report of the Economic Impact Analysis Program University of Minnesota Extension
Focuses on the economic contribution of telecommunication companies with customers in Greater Minnesota. Analyzes survey results to calculate the economic contribution of the industry to sales and employment including health and human services.
Author(s): Brigid Tuck, Bruce Schwartau, Ryan Pesch
Date: 02/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Extension
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2012 Minnesota Internet Survey: Digital Divide 2.0 and beyond
Survey assessed access to high-speed Internet service in both rural and urban Minnesota. Includes a discussion of the trends, costs, time spent online, and reasons for not having Internet access at home.
Additional links: Data Collection Methodology Report
Date: 2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Policy and Development
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Connecting Rural Wisconsin: The Economic Necessity of Broadband
Discusses why broadband access is critical to the future development of rural counties. Benefits include improved access to health care, more higher education options, improved public safety, and a stronger infrastructure.
Date: 11/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Technology Council
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Bringing Broadband to Rural America: Update to Report on a Rural Broadband Strategy
Update to the 2009 Rural Broadband Report describing broadband deployment and adoption in rural areas. Discusses telecommunications needs of rural healthcare providers.
Date: 06/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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Northern Arizona Rural Health Policy Assembly: What We Learned and What We Recommend
Reports the results and public comments on presentations from the 2010 regional meeting on several topics affecting rural Arizona. Covers research ethics and Native Americans; protections for Native American women; and broadband access and rural reservations.
Date: 12/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Center for Rural Health
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FCC’s Performance Management Weaknesses Could Jeopardize Proposed Reforms of the Rural Health Care Program
Reports that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is falling short on managing the telecommunication needs of rural healthcare providers.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 11/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Connecting Rural America
Summarizes the awards made in the first round of Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) funding that will help communities bring broadband service to rural areas.
Date: 06/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan
Includes the executive summary and full text of the National Broadband Plan, which began taking form in April 2009 and was finalized in March 2010. The plan makes recommendations to the FCC, the Executive Branch, Congress and state and local governments. Chapter 10 focuses on healthcare, and includes some information specific to rural health care facilities.
Date: 03/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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An Interview with Kip Smith
Translates a conversation with Kip Smith, Executive Director for the Health Information Exchange of Montana, during which he talks about making the jump from finance to rural health, working in search and rescue, and laying fiber optic lines across the frontier.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Citation: Rural Monitor, 2009(Fall)
Date: 11/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Broadband Internet Service Helping Create a Rural Digital Economy
Discusses the benefits of broadband high speed internet service in rural communities, including the use of telehealth.
Author(s): Peter Stenberg, Mitch Morehart, John Cromartie
Citation: Amber Waves
Date: 09/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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