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Electronic Health Records Need To Be Available To All

Broadband-based telemedicine can improve the quality of care and lower costs — particularly by the use of electronic health records (EHRs). Not only can these make records more accessible, but they can assure that patients in need can be closely and constantly monitored. Read More »

Broadband For Rural Seniors: Much More Than Email

As the first Baby Boomers turn 65 this year, they join the 13 percent of Americans that age or older. And that cohort is growing. While communities struggle to find the funding and infrastructure to cope with the aging, one area is particularly at risk — rural America. Read More »

Farm Workers Backing AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez announced in a July 12, 2011, newspaper op-ed that the fabled union is supporting the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, in part because it promises to bring information technology to rural areas. Read More »

Low-Income Families Still Lagging In Broadband Access

In a report released July 11, 2011, Connected Nation examined broadband adoption among low-income households and substantiated a persistent social problem. Read More »

Democratic Senators Want FCC To Eliminate Broadband Coverage Gaps

In early July, Democratic Senators Mark Warner (Va.) and John Kerry (Mass.) wrote to the Federal Communications Commission urging that the FCC reallocate resources from providing universal landline phone service to broadband. The letter asked that the $8 billion Universal Service Fund be used for areas lacking in modern broadband service, and that they be brought up to baseline speed. Read More »

Health IT Can Aid Disease Prevention in New Ways

Electronic health records, social media, and mobile tools are providing a new line of defense in the fight against preventive disease. New technologies are making access to patient histories, support groups, and health resources more available than ever before. Read More »

Rural America Needs More Broadband, Report Says

The federal government needs to foster the creation of more broadband networks in the rural areas of the United States, according to a new study. Read More »

National Urban League & National Action Network Issue Major Endorsement of AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

Two of the country's leading civil rights organizations, the National Urban League and Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, jointly endorsed the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA. Read More »

White House Rural Council to Address Digital Divide

A new White House program seeks to increase opportunities in rural communities across America. The White House Rural Council, formally announced earlier this month, will address the challenges facing rural businesses, organizations, and families. Read More »

The FCC Needs to Protect Universal Service

Reforms to the Universal Service Fund, a service that helps connect rural communities, should be strengthened and expanded to encompass broadband connectivity. According to a column by former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan on The Hill's Congress Blog, the USF faces new funding pressures that could weaken its reach across the digital divide. Read More »

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