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Two months ago, DroneUp conducted a series of tests where drones transported medical supplies under varying conditions. A new report on the tests offers insights about communication, equipment and procedures.

Stay home and stay connected. Such has been the mantra of public health officials over the past several months. For most of us this has meant an even greater tethering to digital services that have enabled continuity of access to news, entertainment, work, and learning. But for the 21 million Americans who continue to lack meaningful access to the internet—including 14.5 million who have no access at all—Covid­­-19 has perpetuated a reality that predates the pandemic: an inability to participate in the increasingly digital reality of commerce, education, and work.

FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program, which was authorized by the CARES Act, has approved funding for 305 healthcare providers in 42 states plus Washington, D.C. for a total of $105M in funding.

In a socially distanced world, citizens who most need online support and resources are least likely to be able to access them. Recent bills on the digital divide, including broadband, are addressing the problem.

Election security experts at the Brennan Center for Justice released a new guide June 5 on how to protect elections during the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically calling attention to existing resources from Federal agencies and the need for more Federal funding.

Mental health services have always been scarce in Texas' vast rural stretches. But the pandemic has caused the state to lift restrictions on providing care online or by phone.

Ivy Tech Community College recently announced that it will provide free classes to 10,000 Indiana residents in a range of relevant high-demand areas, including advanced manufacturing, business and cybersecurity.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) made several recommendations to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and others to improve coordination of cybersecurity requirements among Federal agencies to protect data shared with state government agencies.

Absentee ballots made up 99 percent of the votes from Michigan’s May election and there were zero reports of fraud. Election officials now work to assure voters across the state that mail-in ballots are secure.

‘Double-burdened counties’ have both poor health outcomes and low broadband penetration, making connectivity a priority. High-speed Internet creates access to telehealth services for preventive and critical care.


Printed from the website on August 14, 2020 at 9:28pm.