USAC Extends Application Deadline for Rural Telecom and Broadband Assistance Programs

USAC (Universal Service Administrative Co.) offers two different funding options for rural healthcare providers to increase connectivity with their patients. The Telecommunications Program (Telecom) provides reduced rates to rural health care providers for telecommunication and voice services for the use of telemedicine and telehealth. The Healthcare Connect Fund Program (HCF) provices a 65% discount on eligible broadband connectivity expenses (services and equipment) for rural health care providers (individual providers or consortiums). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s deadline for application has been extended to June 1, 2021.