Author Archives: Craig Settles

Why You Need Lightning-Fast Broadband for Telehealth

 This month I announced a five-city telehealth pilot project to combat high blood pressure in urban and rural communities. One of the things I’ll assessed is the role of broadband in telehealth. Why the need for fast broadband for telehealth. “All I need is a smartphone and a cellular hook up, right?” “I’m only sending […]

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Telehealth and the Hunt For the Silent Killer

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[Broadband Communities Magazine blog post 12/9/19] 140,000 people die from strokes every year! Most of these are caused by hypertension (high blood pressure) and stress. December can be a real killer. Barbershops probably aren’t the first place you think to hold the line in this fight against hypertension. But you have to go where the […]

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The Dollars & Sense of Telehealth for Community Broadband

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“Our remote patient monitoring telehealth program has saved the hospital $2.7 million by reducing chronic care patients’ returning to the hospital or needing to go to the ER,” says Lisa Hogan, RN, head of Chronic Care Management Program for Frederick Memorial Hospital in Maryland. “Studies of hundreds of our patients six months before and six […]

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Creating the Future Of Community Broadband: A 2019 Economic Development Study

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The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and started surveying government economic development officials about community broadband’s effect in 2006. Each year the survey has illuminated both the challenges and the benefits of community networks. This is just a short summary of the complete analysis report. The full report is due mid-July. What does IEDC the […]

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New Funding Source for Telehealth and Community-owned Broadband

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To meet the heightened demand for telehealth and community-owned broadband, National Community Development Services, (NCDS) Inc. teamed with community broadband expert Craig Settles to raise millions for telehealth and broadband infrastructure. NCDS has raised over $1.7 Billion for 600 communities in 46 states since the company started economic development fundraising in 1977. NCDS has staff […]

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Chattanooga Muni Network Trials Telemedicine for Subscribers

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson. You can’t have great effective telemedicine without strong Internet connections, the stronger the better. In the other camp, community broadband network owners (cities, co-ops, WISPs, rural ISPs) need creative marketing strategies to ensure […]

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When Telehealth and Broadband Collaborate on Policy

I delivered a webinar presentation hosted by Vsee, a telehealth Solutions vendor. The gist of my presentation was, there can only be great telehealth where there is great broadband. Subsequently, effective broadband policy facilitates telehealth and vice versa. Here are some links to resources, policy and advocacy groups and articles that supplemented my presentation. Feel free […]

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Tennessee, Colorado move to repeal anti-muni network laws

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam stated yesterday he has legislation to remove restrictions that prevent co-ops and municipalities from owning broadband networks. The governor will formally present this legislation to state legislators who will meet, discuss, probably edit, and hopefully pass it into law. Co-ops would be permitted to build networks, and municipalities could partner with co-ops in […]

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Virginia’s Community Broadband Successes Give Truth To the Incumbents’ Lie.

Like an avenging angel of doom, state legislator Kathy Byron (R-Campbell County) blew into the opening session of the Virginia legislature bearing an incumbent-sanctioned (and probably ghost-written) anti-Muni network bill. As the Roanoke Times states, “In the spirit of naming bills the exact opposite of what they would do, her so-called “Virginia Broadband Deployment Act” would […]

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Fiber & Wireless – Stronger Together for Community Broadband

Google in June stunned some in the broadband world by acquiring wireless provider Webpass and “momentarily” exiting the fiber stage. Hybrid wired/wireless networks became the Next Big Thing – for a month. But what if hybrid infrastructure is the key that unlocks the doors to the next level of community broadband success? My new report, “Fiber […]

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    Industry analyst, expert broadband business strategist, runs on-site workshops to help clients create effective broadband plans.

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