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Mobile health faces a bumpy road in rural California
The Los Angeles Times

Steering along washed-out roads in California’s southern Sierra, Earl Ferguson gets excited when he sees white plastic stakes sticking up from the ground along the way.

They’re markers of a new high-speed Internet line running from Barstow to Reno, which Ferguson helped to get built.

“Look, there it is,” he says proudly, pointing out his window during a day of driving — and driving, and driving — between the remote medical facilities he works with in the region.

The Digital 395 fiber-optic network will help businesses, schools and medical facilities get better Internet access. It will also help Ferguson, a cardiologist, offer care to patients in isolated communities via two-way high-definition video systems.