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USDA Grant Funds Rural Telemedicine and E-Learning

By Eric Frederick

 The USDA is making $19 million available to rural areas seeking to expand distance learning opportunities and telemedicine. The Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program gives schools, government groups, non-profits, businesses, and others the opportunity to obtain equipment and instruction that can benefit local students, teachers, doctors, and, most importantly, the community.  Nearly one fifth of America’s population resides in rural areas, as classified by the U.S. Census Bureau. These nearly 59.5 million people are spread over more than 90% of the nation’s land area, making it exceedingly difficult to concentrate...

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TERRA-Southwest: One week away from an Alaska broadband revolution

By Jeremy Thacker

The excitement is building in the southwest region of the state. The town of Bethel and surrounding villages will soon be getting access to faster and more reliable high-speed Internet. The $88 million TERRA-Southwest project is just about complete and ready to officially go online. Governor Parnell helped test the system last week with great success. TERRA-Southwest is set to provide broadband service to 65 communities in the Bristol Bay and Yukon Kuskokwim Delta regions. That includes more than 9,000 households and 750 businesses. The broadband network is made up of fiber optic and microwave connections that are promised to be far...

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