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FCC Chair promotes rural telemedicine through broadband

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There is a strong parallel between the Rural Electrification Act of the 1930’s and the effort to get high speed internet to rural America in the 21st century.

The fact is, it costs more to install cable or other internet access in rural areas. Utilities want more customers per mile rather than miles per customer.

In the 30’s, almost 50 years after cities had been wired for electrical service, a major bill was passed to bring electricity to the countryside. It is still viewed as one of the most effective pieces of legislation written for rural America.

Today, most everyone in a rural community or small town sees the value of high speed internet. The value can be lifesaving. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman speaks to the work being done to make telemedicine a reality.

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