Some Rural Communities Doing Innovative Things

Blue Valley Tele-Communications Inc., Home, Kan., provides service to healthcare facilities spread across 10,000 square miles. The facilities have access to electronic health records and a picture archive system for remote diagnosis.

DRN, Ellendale, N.D., provides all students in grades 4-12 with iPads. These connected devices enable students to partake in advanced coursework via an ITV system, and enable multiple districts to share resources.

ITS Telecom Inc., Indiantown, Fla., provides services to a high-density secure data center collocation facility in Martin County.

Mutual Telephone Company, Little River, Kan., provides specialized services to a company that produces high-definition stock video and photography.

Nex-Tech, Inc., Hays, Kan., connects the only tertiary-level hospital to broadband services, which enables the rapid transfer of imaging and electronic health records.

Park Region Telephone/Otter Tail Telcom, Underwood, Minn., incorporates a business development center and a telework hotel that offers a range of business solutions to meet the growing needs of businesses in the area.

West Central Telephone Association, Sebeka, Minn., connects public schools in the area to a 10-gig LAN with wireless access supports for simultaneous access by mobile devices, and allows online learning.

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