Rural Health Care Telecommunications Program

Federal Communications Commission, Universal Service Administrative Company

Program Type:

Provider Operational Support

Eligible Geography:



The Telecommunications (Telecom) Program provides reduced rates to rural health care providers (HCPs) for telecommunications and voice services for the use of telemedicine and telehealth

Eligible services are discounted at the difference in cost between urban and rural areas in your state.

Eligible Recipients:

Anchor Institution; For-Profit Business; Local Government; Non-Profit Organization

Eligible Recipients Detail:

Public or non-profit entity and be a post-secondary educational institution offering healthcare instruction; community health center; local health department or agency; community mental health center; not-for-profit hospital; rural health clinic; emergency room of a for-profit hospital; skilled nursing facility; consortium of health-care providers with one of the previous facilities.

Eligible Purpose:

Building Infrastructure

Eligible Purpose Detail:

Internet access is no longer available through the Telecommunications Program. As of Funding Year 2014, support for Internet access charges is available through the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program. Please see the program site for eligible charges.

Other Eligibility Criteria:

Must be in a rural location as defined by the FCC