Posts Categorized: Municipal Broadband

Rural Telehealth:
Another Broadband Conversation

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We have discussed the importance of reliable Internet for rural telehealth and telemedicine.  Senate Bill 2873, the Expanding Connectivity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act further emphasizes the significance of reliable Internet. On November 28 the Senate overwhelmingly passed the bill that aims to better integrate the Project ECHO model into health systems across the country. Subsequently, the House also passed the legislation, which is now in the hands of President Obama waiting for a signature…. Read more »

What We Can Expect: Federal Support for Rural Broadband Deployment

As discussion continues about Rural Broadband Deployment in New England and Nationwide, it’s useful to keep up with opportunities that exist to fund expansion from existing revenue sources.  Recently, an effort has been underway to realign support mechanisms that have to date been employed to support rural landline telephone service, deploying them instead to encourage investment in Rural Broadband deployment.  This funding, taken from a program called the Universal Service Fund, was directed to two… Read more »

FCC and Consumer Internet Privacy II: What the Order Doesn’t Mandate

Last week we tackled the first part of the FCC Order regarding  Internet consumer privacy.  We’ve been through all of the ISP ‘Musts’, today we’ll review the ‘Shoulds’ and what the order does not cover.  No Pay to Play for Internet Privacy ISPs should not force subscribers to pay inflated prices in order to maintain their privacy.  The Commission will conduct a case-by-case review, as providers are required under the order to disclose plans for… Read more »

Economic Development: Business Service Providers Can Help

Economic development is a hot topic just about everywhere. Municipalities looking to increase their commercial tax base, existing businesses looking to increase traffic to their establishments, and service companies looking to expand their markets, all understand the benefits of building a sustainable and strong economic base from which everyone can benefit. Where economic development is concerned, rural areas around the country, where it’s costly to build infrastructure, lag behind metropolitan locales.  We’ve all heard plenty… Read more »

One Approach to Improving Digital Literacy

As people of all ages become more engaged with technology and the Internet-of-Things, Digital and Computer Literacy becomes more important. Many believe that the true capabilities of ‘the cloud’ and computer technology have barely been tapped. Even with some of the amazing technology we have at our fingertips today, we’re always looking for more. As communication providers we continually seek out Internet based products and services to better serve our subscribers. For the past few… Read more »