Expanded Broadband for Health Facilities

Last week the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a plan to help rural health care providers gain access to broadband connections. This plan will allocate up to $400 million annually specifically for improving telemedicine and other health care technology issues in rural areas.

The FCC plans to allow clinics, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, renal dialysis centers, off-site administrative offices and data centers to apply for funding opportunities, greatly expanding regional and statewide broadband networks.

For additional information on the FCC funding and links to the National Broadband Plan view the official press release from the FCC or the news article from iHealthBeat.


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