Application period for FCC Connected Care Pilot Program now open

Tpen for the next 30 days, through December 7.

WHY IT MATTERS
The Connected Care Pilot Program, first formalized on March 31, 2020, is open to nonprofit and public eligible healthcare providers nationwide.

The program will use Universal Service Fund cash over three years to help defray connected care costs for selected providers, good for for 85% of the cost of eligible services and network equipment, including:

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  • Patient broadband Internet access services
  • Provider broadband data connections
  • Other connected care information services
  • Certain network equipment

The Pilot Program will not provide funding for end-user devices, FCC officials note.

More information on eligibility can be found in FCC’s September Public Notice. For further information, email [email protected] or see the pilot program website.

“This new initiative is the healthcare equivalent of shifting from Blockbuster to Netflix,” said FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, who’s been leading the efforts to develop the project for two years – long before the current telehealth boom.

“With smartphones, tablets, and connected healthcare devices, patients no longer need to travel to brick-and-mortar facilities or meet in person with a doctor to receive high-quality care,” said