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Broadband telecommunications and internet access have become essential infrastructure for any community's future prosperity. However, today, people living in rural communities are four times more likely to lack access to broadband than those in urban communities. A comprehensive 57-page report from CoBank outlines keys to success and lessons learned from six co-ops bringing broadband to their rural customers. Also, industry experts provide their insights, which will likely prove helpful to other co-ops considering the move.
 

The state is searching for a path to transform its 911 systems with next-generation text, image and video capabilities.

Everyone’s headed back to school, and this time, they’ve got another year’s worth of tech advances to rely on. No, not in class, but outside the classroom, you have a few study buddies in the form of homework apps. But like any type of apps, there are a lot of duds to wade through. We’ve done the hard work for you, and present this simple list of the five best homework apps.

Everyone’s headed back to school, and this time, they’ve got another year’s worth of tech advances to rely on. No, not in class, but outside the classroom, you have a few study buddies in the form of homework apps. But like any type of apps, there are a lot of duds to wade through. We’ve done the hard work for you, and present this simple list of the five best homework apps.

The 1996 EMS Agenda for the Future and the 2004 Rural and Frontier EMS Agenda for the Future finally allowed us to rethink the role of EMS in the overall healthcare system. They made the case for EMS involvement in meeting a community’s primary and preventive healthcare needs where other resources couldn’t. Concepts such as mobile integrated healthcare and community paramedicine (MIH–CP) and EMS 3.0 system building are the foundation of that initiative.

A bipartisan pair of senators is introducing an amendment to annual defense policy legislation aimed at expanding an existing federal cybersecurity scholarship program.

Online learning has been a part of higher education since the late 1990s. As the Internet improved, so did the opportunity to move from point-to-point video-conference delivery of instruction to asynchronous online learning. A recent survey of college and university deans reported that 90 percent of respondents indicated their campus would be increasing online offerings over the next decade. In 2016, more than 21 million people attended a U.S. college, and one-fourth of those were taking an online course.

While thousands of computers across the globe were infected with WannaCry in May, intelligence officials believe U.S. government systems were not compromised the way institutions in Europe were because U.S. agencies patched software and retired  products at the end of their lifecycles.

Patients and families who use telemedicine for sports medicine appointments saved an average of $50 in travel costs and 51 minutes in waiting and visit time, according to a new study by Nemours Children's Health System. Each telemedicine visit also saved the health system an average of $24 per patient, researchers reported at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition.

The Secure Access to Networks in Disasters (SANDY) Act passed the Senate. The bill will help speed up communications infrastructure repairs following natural disasters. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), who first sponsored the bill in 2015 following Hurricane Sandy, said he was confident the bill would pass the House quickly.

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