Small town snippets: Healthcare, education, and broadband for all

Low wages for primary care doctors in rural communities has been one factor in the shortage of medical experts in these areas. However, President Obama’s budget for 2015 aims to encourage more doctors to work in the primary care field.

A recent survey by National Farmers Union Mutual indicated that slow broadband speeds in rural communities could be impeding education among children. With the internet becoming an increasingly useful educational tool for children, internet accessibility is crucial.

As reliance on technology increases, the federal government is working to expand the availability of broadband. The USDA, FCC, and Department of Education are developing programs to bring broadband access to more rural areas of the country.

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