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Feds Fail At Funding Parity for Telehealth For Urban Residents

Media Advisory July 14, 2020 Craig Settles                                                            510-387-4176 11.9 million urban households have no access to telehealth but Federal agencies earmark billions for broadband and telehealth […]

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Telehealth Strategy To Combat Coronavirus Impact

Use telehealth to fight the Coronavirus pandemic? Sure. However, it’s about mitigating the impact of the virus on local healthcare more than fighting the disease itself. This technology isn’t just video chat with your doctor. It’s a broadband-lead makeover of your local healthcare environment. Telehealth is using intranet and Internet networks to diagnose, administer, initiate, […]

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Telehealth, Barbershops/Salons, Community Broadband Attack “Silent Killer”

FOR RELEASE  March 4, 2020 For more information – 510-387-4176 Barbershops and hair salons using telehealth and high-speed Internet are adding a new flank in the fight against hypertension (high blood pressure), the leading cause of strokes. Craig Settles, a broadband consultant and stroke survivor saved by telehealth, is conducting telehealth pilot projects in shops […]

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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

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

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

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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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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