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USDA Launches Webpage Highlighting Resources to Help Rural Communities Bridge the Broadband e-Connectivity Infrastructure Gap

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2018 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled a new webpage featuring information about the importance of rural e-Connectivity and the ways the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing to help deploy high-speed broadband infrastructure in rural America.

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Broadband and the Opioid Epidemic: Connecting Rural Communities to Hope

By Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture

In the hills of eastern Kentucky, Keith Gabbard is more than the general manager of a telephone company. Keith is a first responder to a growing and monumental challenge in rural America– mental health. In 2017, Keith’s company, the Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative, provided a high speed internet connection to deliver telehealth services to veterans in McKee, Kentucky, his hometown. Through this lifesaving resource, Peoples is creating rural prosperity in its community by creating access to modern health care services.

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