The FCC's Healthcare Connect Fund

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Presentation by Mark Walker, JD, MBA, Attorney Advisor, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission

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The FCC's Healthcare Connect Fund

  1. 1. The FCC’s Healthcare Connect Fund March 18, 2013 Mark Walker Federal Communications Commission Wireline Competition Bureau
  2. 2. Goals of FCC’s Rural Health Care Programs ncrease access to broadband for HCPs, especially those serving rural areas oster development and deployment of broadband health care networks aximize cost-effectiveness of the program 2
  3. 3. Overview: FCC Rural Health Care Programs elecommunications Program - Funds urban/rural rate difference for telecommunications services for rural HCPs - Remains in place after Healthcare Connect Fund is implemented nternet Access Program - Provides 25 percent discount on Internet access services for rural HCPs - Ends June 30, 2014, as participants transition to Healthcare Connect Fund HC Pilot Program - Supports 50 state-wide and regional broadband HCP networks - Participants transition to Healthcare Connect Fund as Pilot funds are exhausted 3
  4. 4. FCC’s Healthcare Connect Fund • Who is eligible: Public and non-profit HCPs - Rural HCP sites – individually or as part of a consortium - Non-Rural HCP sites – only as part of a majority rural consortium • What is eligible: Connectivity -- covers broadband services, HCPowned infrastructure, and network equipment • What is the support level: 65% discount (35% HCP contribution required) • When is support available: Beginning January 1, 2014 (for existing Pilot projects, beginning July 1, 2013) • How to apply: Online through the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) 4
  5. 5. Skilled Nursing Facility Pilot Program urpose is to test how to support broadband connections for skilled nursing facilities ilot will get underway in 2014 unding will be up to $50 million total over a three-year period CC will solicit input regarding design of the pilot program articipants will be required to collect data and submit reports 5
  6. 6. Key Takeaways ealthcare Connect Fund is designed to facilitate and support consortia ealthcare Connect Fund and Telecommunications Program are discount programs and not competitive grant programs he programs are permanent with no currently planned expiration date 6
  7. 7. Questions? or more information: - Healthcare Connect Fund order, at http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-12-150A1.doc - FCC website, www.fcc.gov/health - USAC website, www.usac.org/rhc - RHC Pilot Program map, http://www.fcc.gov/maps/rural-healthcare-pilot-program - Questions: rhc-assist@usac.org ark Walker, mark.walker@fcc.gov 7

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