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FCC Evaluates Rural Health Broadband Efforts

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 15, 2012

What other gems were uncovered in the FCC report? Well, commission also determined that most providers don't have the technical expertise to manage broadband networks and that, as a result, they don't want to own the networks. "The majority of Pilot projects have created successful broadband networks by purchasing broadband services from a third party, rather than constructing and owning their own broadband facilities.

Mechanisms such as long-term leases, prepaid leases, and indefeasible rights of use of facilities for specified period of time help many projects obtain the bandwidth and service quality they needed," the report said.

And finally, even with billions in federal seed money, the report acknowledged that funding challenges for broadband remain a key issue for rural providers that operate on thin margins or in the red.

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David Hold (8/16/2012 at 9:52 AM)
.I am reading with great interest the comments that you have made on the FCC study in reference to broad band. although i do agree that broad band is a good development in the development of rural health delivery, I find it ridiculous to classify it as the most important aspect of the delivery of good health care in this areas. To a certain extend the telephone carriers have brainwashed us to this notion so the development of this infrastructure can be paid for by the taxpayers for their benefit. Matter of fact a recent study of one of the universities has shown how ridiculous this concept is, considering that this little hospitals do not have the financial ability to pay for the sophisticated diagnostic equipments that this theory calls for. There are more efficient and economically feasible systems that can accomplish better health care in the rural area with the existing infrastructure and that is "preventive healthcare " where the patient can be monitored for the conditions that create complications and use the regional big hospitals to address this issues before it gets critical