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Resources by Topic: Broadband

Rural Coronavirus Response with CDBG-CV
Provides information on funding opportunities through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the CARES Act to support rural housing, food, broadband, and economic development. Discusses examples of programs using CDBG funds to respond to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and offers links to useful resources.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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Broadband Resources for Regional Development Organizations
Provides examples of broadband feasibility plans for several states, links to conference presentations, case studies, and reports, and federal resources for broadband expansion.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Development Organizations
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Counties Testify on Challenges and Opportunities Rural Counties Will Face in a Post-COVID Economy
Video recording of testimony from rural healthcare and economic organization leadership to the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. Topics include rural economic concerns following COVID-19, county-level responses to COVID-19, rural hospitals and workforce issues, broadband access, and federal programs serving rural communities and healthcare.
Additional links: Testimony Transcripts
Date: 06/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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Poverty and Access to Internet, by County
Data visualization representing internet access via computers and smartphones, broadband access, and percentage of individuals in poverty at the county level.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Mobile Technology and Home Broadband 2021
Discusses results of a survey on broadband access and smartphone ownership. Includes data by age, race, education level, income, and rural/urban residence. Addresses internet connection issues, smartphone dependence, and cost issues.
Author(s): Andrew Perrin
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Research Center
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Overview of the Universal Service Fund and Selected Federal Broadband Programs
Provides an overview of federal programs supporting broadband deployment. Highlights programs established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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AHA Future of Rural Health Care Task Force: Final Recommendations
Presents the recommendations of the American Hospital Association Future of Rural Health Care Task Force, including innovation-based solutions and promising practices. Solutions include public-private funding changes for core services, flexible rural hospital infrastructure funding programs, creating a rural design center, and supporting grant writing services. Explores promising rural initiatives such as telemedicine, strategic partnerships, maternal health efforts, broadband investment, and rural philanthropy.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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5G Fund for Rural America
Provides an overview of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) efforts to expand universal service to include telecommunications and high-speed internet services. Describes the 5G Fund, how data will be collected, how funds will be awarded, and the two phases of the program.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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How Grayson County is Getting Connected
Discusses efforts to build broadband infrastructure in Grayson County, Virginia in rural Appalachia. Describes the planning process, health implications of broadband access in the county, and advice for communities seeking broadband.
Author(s): AARP Livable Communities
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: AARP
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Broadband in Rural America: Faster Speeds for Home and Healthcare
Highlights the importance of rural broadband infrastructure for access to telehealth, patient portals, and other services. Features a Colorado countywide broadband program, Alabama telehealth services provided via county health departments, and a program providing healthcare access to rural veterans in Kentucky.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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