The HCP must be located in an FCC-approved rural location. HCPs that were deemed rural prior to July 1, 2005, and received a funding commitment from the Rural Health Care Program are considered grandfathered. Not located in a rural area? You may be eligible to apply to the Healthcare Connect Fund Program as part of a consortium.
A consortium is two or more health care providers that choose to request support as a single entity. Non-rural eligible HCPs may receive support as part of a consortium consisting of a majority rural HCP sites. In addition, ineligible HCP sites also may participate in a consortium and take advantage of lower contract prices often associated with consortia bulk-buying, but they will not receive universal service funding support.
In addition, broadband connections associated with off-site data centers and off-site administrative offices that are used by eligible health care providers are eligible for funding.