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The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently published the Broadband Adoption Toolkit, a resource focused on strategies for “helping to close the digital divide” and increasing broadband adoption among the nearly one-third of the Americans who do not have a broadband connection at home.
The toolkit examines adoption activities in four areas, using case study examples focused around the barries of access and availability, cost, perception, relevance, and skills. The four areas are:
- Awareness and outreach
- Home computers
- Training planning and delivery
- Curriculum and relevant content
NTIA also held two webinars highlighting broadband adoption case studies from around the country. Archived versions of the webinars are linked below:
Every six months, MoBroadbandNow publishes new speed and service maps based on data collected from over 110 participating Internet Service Providers across the state. Maps are published for both the state and regional levels. Service maps show the number of providers serving an area in shades of blue (darker illustrates more providers, while lighter illustrates fewer), while high speed maps show where service is available at speeds of greater than 3mpbs download/1.5mpbs upload (blue), less than 3mpbs download/1.5mbps upload (yellow) and where speed data is unavailable (red). The maps include data from both wired and wireless providers.
MoBroadbandNow’s mapping efforts also include an Interactive Mapping tool, which allows you to enter your address and identify providers in your area, as well as to add layers, including service availability and technology type.
To learn more about MoBroadbandNow’s mapping and data collection or, if you are an ISP that is not currently participating, to get involved, visit our FAQ page.
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Moderator and Presenter: Ron Emerson, Global Director of Healthcare, Polycom
Conference Speakers Include:
- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon are scheduled to attend
- Curtis Lowery, MD, Angels Network in Arkansas – KEYNOTE SPEAKER
- Jon Linkous, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Telemedicine Association
- Ed Simcox, Director, AT&T ForHealth Solutions and Telehealth Strategy
- Matthew Wenzel, Chief Executive Officer, Headrick Medical Center, St. Luke’s Health System
- Thomas Hale, MD, Executive Medical Director, Mercy Telehealth Services
- Kathy Chorba, Executive Director, California Telehealth Network
- Rachel Mutrux, Executive Director, Missouri Telehealth Network
- Pat Schou, Executive Director, Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network
Live telemedicine presentations and demonstrations from Microsoft, InTouch and others.
USDA Rural Development’s Community Connect Grant program is designed to help connect the most underserved rural communities in the country. To help better meet this goal, USDA has announced new rules for the program, which include allowing areas that are not census designated places or defined in a commercial atlas (often the most rural) to apply for funding. Other changes include:
- A simplified application process
- More flexibility in resources and in-kind contributions that can be used to meet the match requirement
- Priority in USDA application evaluation to persistent poverty counties, communities experiencing population loss, and the most rural areas of the country.
To learn more about Community Connect and the new program rules, click here.
If you received a MoBroadbandNow Survey on Residential Broadband in the mail, please take 10-15 minutes to complete it and return it by Friday, May 10. Data collected through the survey is important to developing a better understanding of broadband access and adoption across the state.
Responses to the survey will remain anonymous and will only be reported as part of a larger group. Individuals age 18 or older are asked to complete the survey. Not everyone will receive a survey (surveys were mailed to a random sample of 52,915 households), but those who do should fill it out as accurately as possible and return it by the deadline.
Questions about the survey should be submitted via e-mail at email@example.com.
Regional Technology Planning Teams (RTPT) have been reconvening around the state this week — from Maryville to Dexter and in between — to get started on the second round of regional broadband planning activities.
To learn more about broadband planning activities in your region, look at the Regional Planning section of the website, which has each region’s Broadband Availability and Adoption Strategic Report, as well as individual pages for each RTPT.
And check the Broadband Buzz blog for updates on regional planning events and activities over the upcoming months. Also be sure to look over our new Frequently Asked Questions page for more infomation and answers to your broadband questions!
MoBroadbandNow is conducting a survey of broadband access, adoption, and usage across the state. Surveys were mailed to 52,915 randomly selected households in all 114 counties and the city of St. Louis.
The survey questionnaire will take 10-15 minutes to complete. Responses to the survey will remain anonymous and will only be reported as part of a larger group. Individuals age 18 or older are asked to complete the survey and return it by Friday, May 10. Not everyone will receive a survey, but those who do should fill it out as accurately as possible and return it by the deadline.
Data collection is a central component of the MoBroadbandNow effort, and your responses will help us create an accurate picture of Internet and broadband access, adoption, and use in Missouri. Reports from the 2011 residential survey can be found here.
Questions about the survey should be submitted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Missouri Senate passed unanimously (34-0) Senate Bill 262, relating to telemedicine services. The legislation is now awaiting consideration in the Missouri House. The bill sponsored by Senator S. Kiki Curls would require insurance companies cover medical services that are offered electronically if the insurance plan covers the same procedure as an in-person service. The telemedicine parity bill would ensure that electronic or online treatment or services would not be subject to a higher deductible or co-pay. For more information, see SB 262 language or read and listen to MissouriNet coverage.
Governor Jay Nixon signed an agreement creating WGU Missouri, a new state-based online university offering 50 high-quality degree programs. He first announced his intent to expand higher education opportunities at the 2013 State of the State Address. The all online program is affordable at $6,000 a year; allowing more Missourians to complete their education and move up the career ladder. WGU Missouri is part of the governor’s strategy to increase post-secondary degrees and certificates from 37 to 60 percent. Prospective students can get more information and enroll here.
- 97% of all Missourians have access to broadband at 3 megabits per second (download) and 768 kilobits per second (upload)
- 90% of rural Missourians have access to broadband
- 82% of all Missourians have access to up to three wireline (DSL, Fiber or Cable) broadband providers
- Nearly half of all Missourians have access to up to five wireless (Fixed or Cellular) broadband providers
In 2009, Governor Nixon set the goal that at least 95% of Missourians should have broadband access by the end of 2014. MoBroadbandNow is excited that we have achieved this milestone ahead of schedule and are committed to reaching more homes and businesses that remain underserved. MoBroadbandNow has 111 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) participating in the public-private initiative. We remain focused on availability, adoption, speed, choice, affordability and sustainability.
A December 2012 TechNet report — “TechNet’s 2012 State Broadband Index” — ranks states on broadband based on three factors: adoption (households subscribing to broadband), network speeds, and economic structure (jobs in the state in information and communication technology industries and apps development).
Missouri is one of six states focused on as an in-depth “illustrative example” of states working to improve broadband. The case study highlights MoBroadbandNow’s data collection, mapping and regional planning efforts, as well as efforts to encourage broadband use across sectors. It also mentions other initiatives and projects underway, as well as Missouri’s highly skilled workforce. The case study shows that while Missouri still has challenges (overall, the state is ranked 32nd on the index, receiving its lowest score on network speeds), Missouri is becoming an innovative leader in broadband deployment.
This report is the second time MoBroadbandNow has been featured in a national publication — in March 2012, MoBroadbandNow‘s efforts were highlighted in a Governing Magazine article on State Broadband Initiatives.
MoBroadbandNow conducted a short survey at the State Fair in August. The survey was completed by 1,902 attendees who stopped by the tent between August 9 and August 19. Highlights of the survey include:
- 75% of survey respondents report having broadband Internet at home
- DSL is the most common technology for Internet service (46%), followed by cable (23%)
- The majority of respondents report being satisfied or very satisfied with the speed (71%) and cost (55%) of their service
- The most common reason for not having broadband at home is that it is not available (49%), followed by cost (20%)
Take a look at the full survey results summary, and we look forward to seeing you at the State Fair next year!
MoBroadbandNow released the second in a series of reports focusing on broadband usage in Missouri. Click to read Building Digital Inclusion: Broadband and Missouri’s Public Libraries. The report analyzes data collected from thousands of Missouri citizens. For many residents living in underserved broadband communities, the public library is one of the main access points to high-speed Internet.
The Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project recently released a study on public library use among young people. Click to read Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits. According to its data, 60 percent of people under the age of 30 visited their local public library in the last year. This age group also has a high comfort level downloading e-books and accessing news or information online.
The Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City (Jackson County) is one of six community college systems that have established a Public Computing Center on its campus. The centers open a door to broadband accessibility where a connection does not exist in the home or to digital literacy skills closing the digital divide. Metropolitan will host an “open house” for its first off-campus location in Kearney (Clay County). The event is free and open to the public.
When: November 8, 2012, MCC Public Computer Center tours from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: The Firehouse Center for Creative Excellence, 106 S. Jefferson, Kearney 64060
Click here for more information about Public Computing Centers
MoBroadbandNow continues to travel the state, meeting with rural hospitals as part of our Rural Health Broadband Initiative. Congratulations to Northwest Medical Center in Albany (Gentry County) on receiving a $25,000.00 broadband connection grant to upgrade speed and expand telemedicine services. The New York Times recently published an article on the growth of applications and how broadband can deliver better healthcare and improve outcomes for patients.