Invisible To The World, Realities Of Rural Broadband

Chronic connectivity issues have left hundreds of thousands of rural Americans unable to connect to the internet in recent years. Having to rely on unreliable public WiFi networks, sharing so-called “hotlines” with sparsely populated…

Invisible To The World, Realities Of Rural Broadband

Chronic connectivity issues have left hundreds of thousands of rural Americans unable to connect to the internet in recent years. Having to rely on unreliable public WiFi networks, sharing so-called “hotlines” with sparsely populated areas of the country, and installing your own broadband equipment – which requires finding a broadband provider and hiring experts to install it – are all barriers for many. Rural communities living on the “fly” are particularly affected, as their demand for broadband increases while their lack of infrastructure is only getting worse. A new proposal from a new president and an important congressman can help fix this problem.

Our first story is about the SCEA and Rep. Andre Carson. Rep. Carson represents a district where people are isolated from web-based services, and while the SCEA is looking to put up the necessary infrastructure to keep this population up-to-date, Congress hasn’t passed his broadband bill. Read more . The story, which was published last year, focuses on the lack of progress on congress’ CAF2 Act, which aims to improve broadband access by investing money in rural areas. In the final part of the piece we share Rep. Carson’s proposal to overhaul Internet infrastructure.

Part 2: Alexander Brown is a mental health expert and author, and when people are diagnosed with mental health issues, they turn to Source Recovery Systems, a Minnesota startup that empowers individuals and families to cope with mental health disorders and recover from them. In the second part of the story, we meet a client of SRS, Oliver Carter, and learn about his ongoing mental health struggles. After Oliver confronts the repercussions of untreated mental health disorders, we visit Source Recovery Systems to hear what the startup has to offer, as well as learn about the ways software has been used to promote recovery and engagement in areas where access to mental health services is limited.

Part 3: The third story focuses on John Bryan, founder of Source Recovery Systems. As mental health issues continue to threaten communities across the country, Bryan understands that people will turn to these outpatient programs, but he worries about how sick people get when they can’t get into inpatient facilities. We hear from Bryan and learn more about Source Recovery Systems, which are reaching out to the severely mentally ill by tailoring their services to meet their unique needs.

Part 4: Last, we’re joining Bryan to discuss SRS’s unique approach to overcoming the hurdles of healing through technology.

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