TQ Teleconnection- November 2017

Telehealth Groups Urge Congress to Double Rural Broadband Funding

Calling it a “life and death issue for rural America,” some 35 healthcare providers and a coalition of schools, libraries and health centers are urging Congress to double the amount of funding for broadband expansion to boost telehealth access.

“Rural communities that encounter a severe shortage of doctors, aging populations, and a greater distance to medical experts are in dire need of easily accessible telemedicine services,” John Windhausen, Jr., executive director of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, said in a letter to U.S. Reps. Greg Walden and Frank Pallone, the chairman and ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “The RHC program has the power to elevate the health of these communities, but only if the program is revamped to promote rural broadband.”

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Eric Wicklund