November 29, 2023

Benjamin Better

Better Get Computer

Commentary: Broadband Anchor Institutions Drive Telehealth in Rural Locations

The FCC is at the moment underwriting $7 billion well worth of broadband and major digital engineering for two critical anchor establishments – libraries and universities. The funding window closes on August 15, 2021.

Before in June, 3 US Senators released a bill to carry $40 billion to these and other anchor institutions. Eventually, in March the American Rescue Strategy Elementary and Secondary College Crisis Reduction Fund (ARP ESSER) opened a $122 billion seize bag of tech and non-tech resources.  

This trifecta of federal federal government largess could imply Christmas will appear early for rural community well being. Just as we are attacking the homework gap by pouring billions of bucks into anchor establishments, we must concurrently assault the healthcare gap.