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I. INTRODUCTION
A. Report Context
1. Myriad of Broadband Adoption Barriers
2. Importance of Promoting Broadband Adoption
3. Key Role of Wireless Broadband
B. Report Structure
Table 2 - Overview of Broadband's Impacts on Senior Citizens
3. Cost Savings Enabled by Broadband
Table 3 - Overview of Cost Savings Enabled by Broadband for Seniors
B. Barriers to Broadband Adoption
1. Lack of awareness or skepticism regarding the value of broadband
2. Usability concerns
a. Computer hardware & software
b. Online content
3. Low rate of computer ownership
4. Affordability of broadband for seniors who live on fixed incomes
5. Online security concerns
6. Unique living conditions
a. Rural seniors
b. Non-traditional living arrangements
7. Disincentives for using broadband to work past retirement
8. Lack of training and core computer competencies
III. PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
A. An Overview of Broadband & People with Disabilities
1. Broadband Adoption Among People with Disabilities
2. The Impacts of Broadband on People with Disabilities
Table 5 - Overview of Broadband's Impacts on People with Disabilities
3. Educational & Economic Opportunities Facilitated by Broadband
Table 6 - Employment, Income & Educational Attainment Comparison
Table 7 - Overview of Educational & Economic Opportunities Enabled by Broadband
1. Availability of broadband for people with disabilities living in remote areas
2. Low levels of computer usage & ownership
3. Limited access to public computers
4. Low levels of exposure to the benefits enabled by broadband
5. Negative perceptions regarding the accessibility of broadband
7. Interoperability of assistive technologies
IV. TELEMEDICINE
A. An Overview of Broadband & Telemedicine
1. Impacts and Uses of Broadband-Enabled Telemedicine
Table 8 - Overview of the General Impacts of Broadband-Enabled Telemedicine
Table 9 - Overview of Current Broadband-Enabled Telemedicine Uses
2. Cost Savings Enabled by Telemedicine
Table 10 - Overview of Cost Savings Enabled by Telemedicine
4. Patchwork of state-by-state physician regulation
a. Licensing
b. Credentialing
5. Uncertainty regarding the scope of tort laws
8. Concerns related to the outsourcing of certain medical functions
9. Limited scope of federal telemedicine funding
12. Institutional inertia among some physicians
V. ENERGY
A. An Overview of Broadband & The Energy Sector
1. Electric Grid Enhancements
Table 11 – Impacts of a Broadband-Enabled Smart Grid
2. Energy Conservation & Efficiency
Table 12 - Overview of Smart Grid-Enabled Consumer Tools
a. Prevailing regulatory paradigm
b. Resulting business model
3. Fragmented nature of energy regulation
6. Spectrum needs for the deployment of smart grid technologies
7. Unresolved security concerns
a. Network security
b. Network reliability
a. Privacy
b. Data storage
9. Lack of incentives for employers to encourage telecommuting
VI. EDUCATION
A. An Overview of Broadband & Education
1. The Impacts of Broadband on Education
2. Current Uses of Broadband for Educational Purposes
Table 14 – Overview of Current Uses of Broadband for Educational Purposes
2. Lack of computer access
3. Outdated components of the E-rate program
4. Lack of a more targeted strategy for allocating federal funding
7. Demographic disparities in technology literacy
8. Cultural and organizational barriers among educators
9. Lack of adequate bandwidth within schools
VII. GOVERNMENT
A. An Overview of Broadband & Government
Table 15 - Overview of How Government Uses Broadband
2. How Citizens Use Broadband to Interact with Government
a. Web design
b. Interagency collaboration & information sharing
7. Unresolved privacy issues
8. Unresolved data security issues
VIII. CONCLUSION
ENDNOTES
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