Rural Health Care


Fund Owner:  Federal Communications Commission

Fund Administrator:  Universal Service Administrative Company

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The FCC’s Rural Health Care Program is currently made up of two programs: the Healthcare Connect Fund Program and the Telecommunications Program. The Healthcare Connect Fund Program, provides support for high-capacity broadband connectivity to eligible health care providers and encourages the formation of state and regional broadband health care provider networks. The Telecommunications Program subsidizes the difference between urban and rural rates for telecommunications services.  Under the Telecommunications Program, eligible rural health care providers can obtain rates on telecommunications services in rural areas that are reasonably comparable to rates charged for similar services in corresponding urban areas.  

Recent News 

June 23, 2021: The FCC directed the Universal Service Administrative Company to carry forward up to $379.97 million in unused funds from prior funding years to the extent necessary to satisfy funding year (FY) 2021 demand for the Rural Health Care program. The RHC Program funding cap for funding year 2021 is $612,016,418.


Important Dates

The application window closed June 1, 2021


Eligible Recipients

  • Healthcare Facilities


Additional Resources


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