Funding Agency

FCC - Rural Health Care Program


Funding Agency

Federal Communications Commission


Federal Agency

Federal Communications Commission

Agency Overview

The FCC regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. An independent U.S. government agency overseen by Congress, the Commission is the United States' primary authority for communications law, regulation, and technological innovation.

Program Name

FCC - Rural Health Care Program


Program Overview

The RHC Program provides funding to eligible public or non-profit health care providers for broadband and telecommunications services necessary for the provision of health care. RHC Program support is provided on a funding year basis. Funding years run from July 1 through June 30 of the subsequent year.

The RHC Program provides funding through two programs: the Telecommunications (Telecom) Program and the Healthcare Connect Fund Program. The Telecom Program ensures that rural health care providers pay no more than their urban counterparts for eligible telecommunications services. The Healthcare Connect Fund Program, established in 2012, provides a flat 65% discount on an array of communications services to both individual rural health care providers and consortia, which can include non-rural health care providers (if the consortium has a majority of rural sites). These services include Internet access, dark fiber leases, business data, traditional DSL, and private carriage services, among others, along with funding for construction of health care provider-owned communications facilities.

Agency Contact

Telecommunications Access Policy Division
Wireline Competition Bureau
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW 20554
(202) 418-7400

Program Purpose
  • Broadband Infrastructure (e.g., construction)
  • Broadband Adoption
Eligible Recipients
  • Hospitals
  • Other

Agency Contact

Telecommunications Access Policy Division
Wireline Competition Bureau
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW 20554
(202) 418-7400

FY2020 Funding Amount

Discount; ~$593,782,000 [funding cap for 2019; the 2020 funding cap is not yet available]

Additional Information

https://www.usac.org/rural-health-care

Brief Program Description

The RHC Program provides funding to eligible public or non-profit health care providers for broadband and telecommunications services necessary for the provision of health care. RHC Program support is provided on a funding year basis.

Agency
  • Federal Communications Commission

Funding Name FCC - Rural Health Care Program

Funding Image

FCC