How Broadband Acts as a Healthcare Lifeline
By: Eric Hager
The recent health crisis has brought to the foreground just how critical a fast, reliable internet connection has become to daily life. With students attending school remotely and workers logging on from their kitchen tables, broadband has become a lifeline.
However, accessing healthcare services in rural Colorado and northern New Mexico can be challenging, and when poor weather closes roads, many communities risk being cut off entirely from critical services. Many local hospitals are also at risk of closure, further limiting access to vital healthcare resources.
Why is Broadband So Critical to Rural Healthcare?
To better serve rural residents, many healthcare providers are turning to telehealth. These innovative programs allow users to access critical healthcare services remotely via video conferencing software. However, video conferencing is bandwidth-intensive, further highlighting the necessity of fast, reliable broadband internet access for all Coloradans and northern New Mexicans.
The Digital Divide & Its Effects on Healthcare
The digital divide refers to the gap between underserved communities and individuals without reliable, high-speed internet access (including many rural communities, elderly Americans, and lower-income Americans) and those groups who do have access. A broadband connection can mean the difference between accessing critical healthcare services, educational opportunities, and remote employment opportunities and being cut off from these services and opportunities.
How Broadband from Forethought is Helping Rural Colorado Communities
Our mission at FORETHOUGHT is to help bridge this digital divide and ensure all communities in Colorado, and northern New Mexico have access to high-quality, fast, and reliable broadband so they can invest in their health and wellbeing and access life-saving medical advice. We do this by helping municipalities investigate available funding options for investing in community broadband services from a variety of sources, including the FCC, the Colorado Broadband Fund, and private sources.
Our team of experts is proud to help our neighbors and invest in Colorado and New Mexico communities by doing our part to ensure all Coloradans and New Mexicans have access to telemedicine services and the associated improved quality of life. So far, we have helped bridge the digital divide in:
- Red Cliff, Colorado
- Silverton, Colorado
- Ski Ranches
- Mountain Village, Colorado
- Norwood, Colorado
- Ouray, Colorado
- Cripple Creek, Colorado
FORETHOUGHT offers Fiber for Homes & Businesses
We’re living in a digital age where a reliable internet connection has ceased being a luxury and become a necessity. To help bridge the digital divide and help Colorado and New Mexico communities and families prosper, FORETHOUGHT offers a wide selection of fiber packages for both homes and businesses.
We’re honored to be one of rural Colorado’s top home fiber providers and serve a wide range of communities throughout Colorado and northern New Mexico.
For more information about broadband and how your family or business could benefit from a FORETHOUGHT broadband connection, please contact our team today.
Additional Telehealth Resources in Colorado
How Can I Access Telehealth Services?
The availability of telehealth services depends on individual programs and healthcare providers. More information about this program, including eligibility requirements, can be found here. A list of all participating programs can be found here.
Telehealth Information for Healthcare Service Providers
If you are a healthcare service provider interested in offering telehealth services, you can find additional information about this program and how to get started here.