21 OCT

Case Study - Collective Idea

  • Published 2021-10-21

A blast from the past and a worthwhile story to hear! Learn how local business, Collective Idea, utilizes Holland BPW Broadband. Watch Now

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24 AUG

Support Broadband Internet Access in Ottawa County

  • Published 2021-08-24

MichiganMoonshot.org/Ottawa

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30 JUL

Why is Broadband Connectivity Important to Healthcare in Our Community?

  • Published 2021-07-30

“The current healthcare landscape lends itself to major changes, including elevating the prominence of telemedicine. Recent technological advances and external pressures have driven telemedicine to the forefront of medical reality” (Telemedicine: Current Impact on the Future, 2020). Telemedicine opens up opportunities that improve patient access to quality healthcare, the latest technologies, and medical specialists by eliminating challenges caused by distance and logistics. Telehealth refers to “the use of telecommunications and information technology (IT) to provide access to health assessment, diagnosis, intervention, consultation, supervision and information across distance” (Telemedicine, the Current COVID-19 Pandemic and the Future: A Narrative Review and Perspectives Moving Forward in the USA, 2020). “The advantages of telemedicine moving forward include its cost-effectiveness, ability to extend access to specialty services and its potential to help mitigate the looming physician shortage.”

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30 JUL

Our Vision

  • Published 2021-07-30

Holland Community Broadband - The City of Holland and HBPW are looking into the possibility of expanding fiber-optic broadband to improve internet connectivity in our area. Currently a Broadband Taskforce is actively researching design and financial options for growing Holland’s fiber network.

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17 JUN

Why Fiber Impacts Economic Development

  • Published 2021-06-17

Holland BPW and the City of Holland view a fiber-to-the-home (FFTH) network that reaches every address as an opportunity to thrive in economic development. Economic development is the process of “improving the economic well-being of a community through efforts that entail job creation, job retention, tax base enhancements and quality of life” (Baller, Hovis, Stelfox, 2016). Through economic development initiatives, local governments work together with the business community to ensure proper infrastructure, housing, opportunities, and amenities are available to create a place where people can flourish.

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4 MAY

Why Education Is Affected by Access to Broadband

  • Published 2021-05-04

Digital divide, term that describes the uneven distribution of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in society. The digital divide encompasses differences in both access (first-level digital divide) and usage (second-level digital divide) of computers and the internet between (1) industrialized and developing countries (global divide), (2) various socioeconomic groups within single nation-states (social divide), and (3) different kinds of users with regard to their political engagement on the internet (democratic divide). In general, those differences are believed to reinforce social inequalities and to cause a persisting information or knowledge gap amid those people with access to and using the new media (“haves”) and those people without (“have-nots”). –Schweitzer

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