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Resources by Topic: Broadband

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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Wireline Competition Bureau Evaluation of Rural Health Care Pilot Program: Staff Report
Discusses the Rural Health Care Pilot Program which has helped healthcare providers obtain broadband capability to implement telemedicine and telehealth applications.
Date: 08/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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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
Reports on access to high-speed internet service in both rural and urban Minnesota in 2012. 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 healthcare, 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 Northern Arizona Rural Health Policy Assembly 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
Evaluates the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) management of the Rural Health Care Program. Focuses on how well the program is addressing the needs of rural healthcare providers, the impact of the FCC's pilot program design and implementation, and the FCC's performance goals and measures.
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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