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Digital divide in rural America

Access to the internet. The internet is now considered a basic human right; it is how people find employment, handle their finances, receive an education, work, and receive medical care.

However, not everyone is able to use the internet to its full potential, due primarily to slow speeds. Rural areas are at a disadvantage when it comes to accessing broadband.

Expanding infrastructure into rural areas will improve health outcomes for residents by allowing access to specialists, increasing cost efficiency, and raising quality of care.

Top 5 of 2016: Because of people like Aida, the American dream is still alive

Today we share number three in our top five posts countdown, the story of one dynamic lady. Jordan Feyerherm and our Farm and Community team have been working with community leaders like Aida throughout Nebraska. In Hastings, Aida helped link our staff to the right people (since she knows everyone!) and has supported us along the way. Hastings is definitely a better place with Aida.

Economic Benefits of Immigration

The majority of rural, foreign-born U.S. residents come from Latin America. And Latino immigrants are not only bringing population growth to rural America, they also bring economic growth. Economists have found that, nationwide, rural counties with larger proportions of Latino populations tend to be better off economically than those with smaller Latino populations.
 

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