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What is e-BEAT?

The Extension Broadband Education and Adoption Team (e-BEAT) was created as part of a grant from the Governor's office to help Mississippians use broadband and information technology to further community and economic development opportunities.

Through this project, made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, six regional Extension broadband coordinators work with area residents to develop local solutions and learn the skills needed to get their neighbors online. Greater broadband use can lead to better educational opportunities, a more highly skilled workforce, enhanced quality of life, and improved access to health care and public services in Mississippi.

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Upcoming Meetings/Forums

Technology at Your Fingertips (iPad) - February 4 at Waveland Public Library Basic Introduction to Computers & Internet - February 5 at Mendenhall Public Library Facebook for Churches - February 5 at Pascagoula Public Library Facebook for Churches - February 5 at Vancleave Public Library Twitter 101 - February 6 at Pass Christian Public Library

Using Your New iPad - Tuesday, January 15, 2012 (12:00pm - 1:00p.m.)

You finally got that iPad you’ve been wanting all year for Christmas! Now, what do you do with it? Find out by joining us for this free, informative webinar.

For details click here.
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e-BEAT celebrates successful first year

The Mississippi State University Extension Broadband Education and Adoption Team (e-BEAT) has been responding to the broadband education and information needs of households, local governments, small businesses, public libraries, schools and others since its establishment in July 2011. A new brochure showcasing e-BEAT's important work, in collaboration with its partners, is now available.
Check out its first year accomplishment report.

Will the Affordable Care Act Help Telehealth Flourish?

Opportunity is knocking for telehealth to become a common method of practicing medicine in the U.S. Health-care reform, a ballooning and aging population, and a shortage of available family physicians may be a perfect storm that could blow the doors open for telehealth to go mainstream.
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Social Media Policy for Local Governments

An increasing number of cities are using social media in an effort to greatly enhance their ability to get information out to the public in a fast and efficient manner. However, only a handful of local governments have social media policies in place to regulate its use. This document, prepared by the Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University provides a series of social media policy recommendations after reviewing policies from other cities in the nation. To download the document click here.