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Rural Health Care Telecommunications Program

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

Universal Service Administrative Company
Jun 30, 2019


The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) Rural Health Care (RHC) Telecommunications Program provides assistance to healthcare providers for eligible expenses related to broadband connectivity based on the urban-rural price difference in an area.


Rural public or nonprofit healthcare providers (HCPs) are eligible. Use the USAC Eligible Rural Areas Search to determine if an organization is located in an eligible rural area.

Eligible entities include:

  • Post-secondary educational institutions offering healthcare instruction, such as teaching hospitals or medical schools,
  • Community health centers or health centers providing healthcare to migrants
  • Local health departments or agencies
  • Community mental health centers
  • Nonprofit hospitals
  • Rural health clinics, including mobile clinics
  • Dedicated emergency rooms of rural for-profit hospitals
  • Part-time eligible entities located in facilities that are ineligible
  • Skilled nursing facilities
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Rural rate calculation is based on the rules described in the urban and rural rate information document.

The funding cap for the 2019 Rural Health Care Program is $593,782,000.

Application process

A description of the application process is available on the program website when applications are being accepted.

Technical assistance website

Tagged as
Broadband · Health information technology · Healthcare facilities · Telehealth

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