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The Truth About Broadband Internet Availability

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BROADBAND
In 2010,
the National Broadband Plan (NBP) was enacted as part of the National Recovery & Reinvestment Act.
Goals
of the plan include ensuring that 100 million U.S. homes have affordable access to internet.
  And what it means for health
care access in rural areas
Unfortunately, many homes still lack adequate internet access.
The number of Americans that lack internet access at minimum connection speeds.
6%

1/3

Fraction of the population in rural and tribal locations that lacks appropriate internet access.
This disparity is known as the "digital divide."
Treatment and prevention efforts 
can be delivered via digital platforms.
Lower mortality rates in these communities.
*Increased internet access.
Improved healthcare for high-risk rural communities that are more likely to face a lack of healthcare providers and services.
Current State
The Current State of the Internet
*once internet access is improved
Telemedicine
Impact on Telemedicine
NBP
WARNING!
WARNING!
The recent repeal of net neutrality may mean that rural consumers will have fewer options for internet service providers, and may cause higher prices. This can adversely affect telemedicine in these areas.
Must
Protect and promote NBP.
YES!
The cost, according to an estimate by the FCC, to provide internet access to 98% of Americans.
Appropriate budgeted funds to meet the internet access needs of vulnerable populations.
Support new funding to improve rural broadband infrastructure.
$40B

$40B

To read the full brief, visit the link: http://bit.ly/internetaccessforall
sbm.org
@ Society Of
     Behavioral
  Medicine
Truth
Internet Availability
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What is the NBP?
What Must Be Done