Philips announced the launch of Virtual Care Station, a telehealth environment delivering virtual care services to patients in convenient neighborhood locations, such as retail settings, libraries, town halls and universities.
Across the rural US, more than 100 cooperatives, first launched to provide electric and telephone services as far back as the 1930s, are now laying miles of fiber optic cable to connect their members to high speed internet. Many started building their own networks after failing to convince established internet service providers to cover their communities.
The Federal Communications Commission has released an updated version of its FCC Speed Test app, characterizing the expanded capabilities to measure wireless capability as a demonstration of its “commitment to ensure consumers have the tools and resources to evaluate how well their mobile broadband connections are performing."
The library has long been a place where people can access free Wi-Fi and public computers, and more recently it began providing 24/7 Wi-Fi in the parking lot and offering free computer tutoring sessions. Thanks to two new funding awards, the library is now taking additional steps to increase digital equity in our community.
Telehealth has become increasingly common as a way for doctors and other health care workers to see patients without risking exposure to the coronavirus. But there are still many people who don’t have a way to connect.
To comply with the current CARES Act rules, states must have the broadband projects, which can typically take months if not years of planning and construction, up and running by Dec. 30. Efforts are underway in Congress to provide greater flexibility in the funding.