Rural hospitals see cost savings with telemedicine; Asian service providers step up submarine cable plans

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> Rural hospitals see two-way, audio-video telemedicine as a cost-effective way to deliver care to stroke patients. Article

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> Asian service providers like NTT are building out a number of new submarine cable links. Article

And finally ... Minnesota's broadband task force map illustrates that cooperative telco associations like Farmers Mutual in Madison, Federated Telephone in Morris and Paul Bunyan Telephone are leading the charge to bring broadband service to rural areas. Article