What Is Smart Rural Community?®
Smart Rural Community (SRC) comprises programming relating to and promoting rural broadband networks and their broadband-enabled applications that communities can leverage to foster innovative economic development, education, health care, government services, public safety and other vital public functions.
SRC recognizes top-performing broadband providers and their communities through its Showcase awards; offers grants for innovative technology deployments in the Collaboration Challenge program; and provides educational resources and programming.
Applications are now being accepted for the Smart Rural Community Showcase Award.
Application deadline: July 1
What Makes a Rural Community "Smart?"
A smart rural community uses broadband networks to enable applications that the community can leverage for innovative economic development and commerce, blue-ribbon education, first-rate health care, cutting-edge government services, robust security and other vital public functions.
Broadband facilitates greater interconnection of the community’s resources and can prepare and enable citizens’ participation in the global economy. A smart rural community relies not only on high-capacity broadband connections, but also on teams of highly motivated and collaborative leaders—the people behind the technology.
A smart rural community strives to create next-generation applications and platforms, such as:
- Interactive, collaborative and customized learning environments that engage today’s students and appeal to their unique learning styles and needs.
- Dynamic health care infrastructure that facilitates health information technology (HIT) applications such as electronic scheduling, "store and forward" technologies and remote patient monitoring services.
- Mobile connectivity that allows farmers to access real-time weather reports and other information to improving decision-making, reach new markets, and enable the next-generation of precision farming. A platform to connect stakeholders with federal, state and local government resources and enable users to conduct government transactions online.
- A next-generation 911 alerting system that communicates with the public using multimedia, and an interoperable LTE wireless network that allows first responders to communicate more quickly and effectively with one another during emergencies.
- Modern utility networks—such as energy, transportation, water and waste—that provide the utility operator with remote insight into the network’s operations, and the consumer with real-time information and control over his utility use and expenditures
- A smart home network that enables energy efficiency, communication and appliance automation.
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