Connected Nation Michigan sets webinar on telehealth

LANSING—Connected Nation Michigan, the state’s unit of the broadband advocacy group Connected Nation, will host a webinar on telehealth usage and advances for patients and doctors on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

The event, set to begin at 11 a.m. Eastern time, will feature a discussion with Ryan Palmer, chief of the Telecommunications Access Policy Division within the Wireline Competition Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. The division Palmer leads has principal oversight responsibility for all aspects of universal service policy issues, including the COVID-19 Telehealth Program.

“Since the Coronavirus outbreak, the immediate need for expanding telehealth and telemedicine has grown tremendously,” said Eric Frederick, executive director of CN Michigan. “Decisions made at the FCC during the pandemic have opened doors for many healthcare providers to reach more of their patients. We want to help everyone understand how these decisions are made, what they should know to access telehealth, and how what is happening at the federal level impacts people at home.”

During this webinar, participants will explore the FCC’s approach to telemedicine before and during the pandemic as well as long-term plans for improving and expanding access to this technology to more people and communities.

To sign up for this free event, visit

You can watch the previous webinars and get details about future events by heading to this webpage:

Prior to coming to the FCC in 2014, Palmer served as Commissioner of the West Virginia Public Service Commission, during which time he was an active member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Committee on Telecommunications, as well as the Presidential Task Force on Federalism and Telecommunications. Earlier, Palmer served as deputy general counsel for the governor of West Virginia and was an attorney and aide for Commissioner Charlotte Lane at the United States International Trade Commission. He is a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law.

CN Michigan aims to expand access to and increase the adoption and use of high-speed internet and related technologies for all people. More at

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