Healthcare facilities in Pipestone County need broadband for telehealth applications

The Pipestone Star posted about Senator Klobuchar’s recent visit to Pipestone, where broadband came up…

“In a rural setting as a physician you feel like you’re on an island and don’t have the resources available and with our telecommunications system, it’s never like that,” he said.
He said they’re in good shape with broadband at PCMC, but other facilities across the Avera system don’t have the same access which creates barriers. Klobuchar said they included $600 million in the federal budget to address rural broadband issues, money that “trickles through from the states,” she said, and must also reach the agricultural industry.
“Ag, more and more, precision agriculture, is using broadband,” she said.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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