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Resources by Topic: Broadband

Creating Opportunity and Prosperity Through Strengthening Rural-Urban Connections
Highlights examples in which regional development organizations can benefit from linking rural regions with urban centers. Includes information on broadband development and its implication for improving access to healthcare services.
Author(s): Brian Dabson, Erin Meyers
Date: 05/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Development Organizations
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Telecommunications: Projects and Policies Related to Deploying Broadband in Unserved and Underserved Areas
Shares options for broadband deployment in unserved and underserved areas. Identifies alternative approaches to expanding rural broadband and factors to consider when planning a broadband project. Identifies economic, legal, and policy issues. Describes FCC efforts to foster broadband deployment in unserved areas. Appendix includes brief case studies.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 04/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Broadband Needs, Challenges, and Opportunities in Rural America
Slides presented at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rural Broadband Workshop in March of 2017 describing the characteristics, demographics, opportunities, and challenges affecting rural America's broadband needs.
Author(s): Chuck Fluharty
Date: 03/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute
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An Interview with Leila Samy
Interview with the Rural Health IT Coordinator at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), Leila Samy, about her personal journey to rural health and health IT and the importance of IT in improving rural healthcare.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Small Idaho Hospital Achieves “Most Wired” Status
Reports on Syringa Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) located in Grangeville, Idaho, that was recognized as a national leader in adopting information technology, earning the "Most Wired" status from the American Hospital Association.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Progress and Challenges with the Implementation and Use of Electronic Health Records among Critical Access Hospitals
Analyzes the adoption of Health Information Technology (HIT) and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Highlights challenges faced to adoption, including broadband speeds and access.
Author(s): Meghan Hufstader Gabriel, Michael F. Furukawa, Emily B. Jones, Jennifer King, Leila K. Samy
Date: 09/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Broadband Availability Beyond the Rural / Urban Divide
Compares rural and urban broadband availability based on wireless download speeds, including those fast enough to allow for more advanced applications such as telemedicine.
Author(s): David Beede, Anne Neville
Date: 05/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Telecommunications and Information Administration
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Summary of FCC's Rural Health Care Program
Describes aspects of the Rural Health Care Program, which works to ensure that eligible health care providers have access to telecommunications and broadband services.
Date: 01/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Broadband for Rural America: Economic Impacts and Economic Opportunities
Describes the technology challenges in rural areas, includes a focus on internet speeds. Discusses the role of telecommunications in healthcare delivery through telemedicine and other technologies.
Date: 10/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Hudson Institute
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Broadband Access in Rural America
Provides an overview of the need for adequate broadband access in rural America and makes recommendations to support a national policy that promotes rural access to affordable and appropriate broadband systems.
Author(s): Norma Bowyer
Date: 09/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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