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The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical nature of access to fast and affordable internet service. Demand for high-speed internet access, defined as “broadband,” has soared to new heights. One measurement found that in only a few weeks the pandemic drove almost a year’s worth of broadband traffic growth.

COVID-19 has forced the U.S. healthcare system to fast-track the utilization of key tools like virtual care visits and remote monitoring.

Any new COVID-19 relief package should include funding for broadband, said attorneys general from 31 states, three U.S. territories and the District of Columbia in a letter to House and Senate leadership late last week. The COVID-19 broadband funding letter urges legislators to increase funding for the Universal Service Fund and to make “flexible” funding available to state, territorial and local governments.

The COVID-19 pandemic overwhelmed many state unemployment insurance websites. While some fared better than others, all governments can take advantage of things like cloud technology to prepare for the next storm.

After working from home has become the new norm amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many experts think that this extraordinary situation could have a profound impact on the way we work in the long run.

A public charter school in Maryland has been practicing blended learning for years. What they have learned could serve as a model for K-12 public schools as they shift to distance learning during the pandemic.

Cigna is expanding its digital options for mental health in the wake of COVID-19. The insurer said Thursday that it will add Talkspace, a platform that connects patients with therapists through text, video and voice messaging, to its provider network for digital behavioral health.

Albert Hsiao, M.D., and his colleagues at the University of California, San Diego (USCD) health system had been working for 18 months on an artificial intelligence program designed to help doctors identify pneumonia on a chest X-ray. When the coronavirus hit the U.S., they decided to see what it could do.

Senate legislation would direct $2 billion in funding to help meet increased broadband demand during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Microsoft President Brad Smith is calling for immediate congressional action to improve broadband connectivity for rural communities by funding it as part of a new coronavirus relief package.


    Printed from the website on June 03, 2020 at 8:49pm.