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Lack of access to broadband hampering telehealth for veterans

May 2, 2019

Broadband connectivity is critical to meet the healthcare needs of veterans, particularly in rural areas. However, 2.2 million veteran households lack either fixed or mobile broadband connections at home.

That’s among the findings of a report by the Federal Communications Commission on promoting broadband Internet access service for veterans.

Rural veterans “continuously struggle with access to medical care, demonstrating the importance telehealth could have on rural veterans,” the FCC report says. However, it points out that “veterans residing in rural areas are likely to have more limited access to fixed and mobile broadband services in the home, limiting their access to services such as telemedicine.”

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