FCC Opening $100 Million Telehealth Pilot Program

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The FCC said it will open up its Connected Care Pilot Program at noon on Nov. 6.

The program will provide up to $100 million from the FCC's Universal Service Fund to healthcare providers to defray the cost of remote healthcare.

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The three-year program covers "(1) patient broadband Internet access services; (2) health care provider broadband data connections; (3) other connected care information services; and (4) certain network equipment." That equipment does not include end-user devices, however.

“In the past year, connectivity has become an increasingly critical component of delivering health care services in our country,” said FCC chairman Ajit Pai. “Spearheaded by commissioner [Brendan] Carr, our Connected Care Pilot Program explores how universal service support can provide next-level health care to our nation’s most vulnerable populations, including low-income Americans and veterans."

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.