FCC to Establish $100M Connected Care Pilot Program Targeting Telehealth

The FCC is seeking to establish a $100 million “Connected Care Pilot Program” to support telehealth for low income Americans. The FCC connected care pilot program will be a focus on rural residents and veterans. The announcement was made in an op-ed with FCC Commissioner...Learn More

NTCA Smart Rural Community Grants, Award Winners Announced

NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association announced four Smart Rural Community Collaboration Challenge grants and recognized four SRC Showcase Award recipients during this week’s Rural Telecommunications Industry Event, or RTIME, which was held in Austin, Tex. The announcements of the NTCA Smart Rural Community grants...Learn More

FCC Rural Health Care Reforms Under Consideration, $400M Cap May Increase

The FCC is considering changes to the FCC Rural Health Care (RHC) program, which covers some of the costs of broadband service for rural health care providers. The commission today adopted a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on a range of program changes....Learn More

FCC, National Cancer Institute Team to Fight Cancer in Rural Areas

An FCC, National Cancer Institute memo of understanding announced yesterday will focus on how improving rural broadband can help rural citizens in the battle against cancer. “The quality, length and even value of life should not be determined by where you happen to be born...Learn More

Gigabit Telehealth Trial Targets Patients with Complex Ailments

Ting Internet will support a gigabit telehealth trial in Westminster, Maryland that aims to improve treatment for patients who have complex ailments. Ting will provide gigabit connectivity to two group homes, each of which has three intellectually challenged patients who “go to the emergency room...Learn More

Report Quantifies Rural Telehealth Benefits

Rural telehealth initiatives have the potential to generate substantial quantifiable and nonquantifiable benefits and could help bridge an existing gap between the quality of healthcare in rural and metro areas, according to a new report from NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association. Quantifiable rural telehealth...Learn More

Could Rural Healthcare Technology Address Resource Shortages?

Technology could help address America’s rural healthcare crisis, argues the CEO of Medsphere Systems Corporation, provider of electronic health record technology, in a well-researched and link-laden blog post. The rural healthcare technology referenced in the blog post includes using video connections to enable remotely located...Learn More

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