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COVID Vaccine – Online Scheduling

Yet Another Demographic of the Digital Divide

Vaccination is important.

But what happens when you use an online-scheduling tool?

Quickly you will realize there is another digital divide demographic; those that:

  • Don’t have technology or hardware access of a smartphone, computer, or email to schedule a vaccination online.
  • Don’t have the knowledge of how to use online scheduling tools like Eventbrite.

Steward your neighbor and help your community by providing broadband access and help; to those below the digital divide.


Vaccine Demand Has Health Officials Turning to Eventbrite. (2021). The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/08/us/covid-vaccine-eventbrite.html

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$7 Billion for Broadband

United States Relief Package

Funding to help improve broadband in the US is coming. States, communities, counties, and cities need to have a framework to apply for this opportunity.

In North Carolina these frameworks can include:

  • NC Broadband Infrastructure Office
  • NC Councils of Governments or county COGs
  • Tribal Groups
  • Rural Electric Cooperatives
  • Tele & Cable Companies
  • Wireless Internet Service Providers
  • Local Broadband Providers
  • Internet Satellite Providers
  • Universities and Colleges
  • Cities and Municipalities

In the Metro Asheville area, there are two entities that advocate for broadband improvements for our economic future:

  • WestNGN for Buncombe, Madison, Henderson, and Transylvania Counties
  • WNC Broadband Project for North Carolina’s western counties

Learn More About the $7B for Broadband

Margaret Harding McGill. (2020, December 21). COVID relief bill provides $7 billion for broadband access. Axios

https://www.axios.com/broadband-access-covid-relief-bill-7-billion-5be48439-c1a4-4927-a0c4-515312a1d281.html

Kelly, M. (2020, December 21). US relief package provides $7 billion for broadband. The Verge.

https://www.theverge.com/2020/12/21/22193133/us-coronavirus-covid-relief-stimulus-package-broadband-huawei-zte

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Broadband, Biden

Broadband Breakfast Live

The election is behind us. What does the future of broadband have in the future with the Biden Administration?

Listen to the discussion on broadband and the FCC policy future:

  • Drew Clark – Telecom Attorney, The CommLaw Group; Editor and Publisher, Broadband Breakfast, Washington DC-Baltimore Area
  • Scott Wallsten – President and Senior Fellow at Technology Policy Institute, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Mark Jamison, Ph.D. – Research & Education Director, Gainesville, Florida
Broadband Breakfast Live Online on Wednesday, November 11: Broadband and the Joe Biden President-Elect Administration
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Telemedicine’s Future

Telemedicine is defined by Wikipedia as the distribution of health-related services and information via electronic information and telecommunication technologies.

It allows long-distance patient and clinician contact, care, advice, reminders, education, intervention, monitoring, and remote admissions.

COVID has brought new visions in the healthcare industry and telemedicine is changing the healthcare landscape:

  1. Telemedicine will become a standard service offered across all care settings
  2. Patients will choose providers, health systems, and hospitals based on telemedicine access
  3. Medical facilities that embrace telemedicine will see business and revenue growth
  4. Telemedicine will become an efficient option for preventative care
  5. Access to specialists will become the norm, which will benefit hospital wait times

With the WNC Broadband Project team we continue to educate the communities on the digital divide and the need for digital inclusion for everybody in WNC to have high speed internet access or broadband for telemedicine to be effectively leveraged.

https://www.modernhealthcare.com/technology/predicting-future-role-telemedicine

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Telehealth for Retirees in WNC

Telehealth is a process of healthcare where a remote patient can use computer applications, telephone or computer audio, or video conferencing technology for healthcare assistance.

Representative Jake Johnson references retirees, COVID, and telehealth in the video snippet below.

Retirement community and broadband

How will telehealth and broadband integrate into our Western North Carolina future?


Disclaimer

The WNC Broadband Project (Project) aims to support communities interested in ensuring access to reliable, truly high-speed internet service. It develops tools to empower individuals, communities, and area leaders in advocating effectively for their digital needs.  As a community-supported initiative building on the work of West Next Generation Network (WestNGN), it is not owned or controlled by any affiliate of WestNGN.  The WNC Broadband Project is also not financed by any corporate entity, as such financing would be inconsistent with the Project’s independent community engagement focus.  The views, opinions and products of the WNC Broadband Project are the sole responsibility of the Project team and its advisory board, acting in their personal capacity and not in any capacity related to WestNGN, UNC Asheville, or any other WestNGN affiliate.

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WNC is Struggling with Digital Inclusion

Digital inclusion opportunities exists in Western North Carolina.

Western and Eastern North Carolina are struggling to provide digital equity says Representative Jake Johnson.

The last mile is expensive. What can be done to get broadband to all?

Digital equity and inclusion is an opportunity in Western and Eastern North Carolina

Advocate for digital inclusion in Western North Carolina today. Speak to a member of our team to collaborate your broadband-internet ideas.

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Disparity in Learning, Telehealth, Economic Development

Broadband is necessary for education, telehealth, economic development.

Representative Jake Johnson relates disparity in education and telehealth to the lack of broadband in this video.

Lack of access to the internet is educational disparity

Disclaimers

The WNC Broadband Project aims to support communities interested in ensuring access to reliable, truly high-speed internet service.

It develops tools to empower individuals, communities, and area leaders in advocating effectively for their digital needs.

As a community-supported initiative building on the work of West Next Generation Network (WestNGN), it is not owned or controlled by any affiliate of WestNGN.