Category: Center for Rural Policy and Development

Health Data Management: FCC supports rural broadband deployments to enable telehealth

EXCERPT: “The Federal Communications Commission is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to ensuring that rural Americans are able to connect to quality healthcare through the deployment of high-speed broadband. Earlier this month, the FCC unanimously approved a new $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program designed to provide access to telemedicine for ...

Forum News Service: Hot Minnesota races may drive up voter turnout

EXCERPT: “In four of the past five statewide primaries, greater Minnesota voters were more likely to participate than residents of the seven-county Twin Cities area. In three of those contests, the sheer number of greater Minnesota voters was greater than in the Twin Cities. That dominance comes even as greater Minnesota has fewer registered voters (1.4 ...

Blue Earth County’s Yellow Line Project, pt 1

  We’re joined this week by Phil Claussen, Director of Human Services for Blue Earth County, and Angie Youngerberg, Assistant Human Services Director, to talk about Blue Earth County’s Yellow Line Project, an innovative program that has county human services, law enforcement and the courts working together to get people who need treatment more than ...

The Week: How to keep young people from fleeing small towns for big cities

EXCERPT: “The tendency of young people to leave small-town America for the big city isn’t new. But for the past few decades, more and more of us have been doing it. As Alana Semuels pointed out in an article for The Atlantic a couple years ago, ‘Over the past two decades, as cities have become job centers that attract ...

C/NET: Are AT&T and Verizon fleecing rural America?

EXCERPT: “Talk about unfair. Millions of broadband customers in rural and underserved urban markets are paying nearly identical prices for slower DSL service as customers who have access to high-speed fiber services. That’s the conclusion from a report published this week by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), which advocates for more equitable broadband deployment. In places where AT&T ...