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FCC chairman calls for boost in Rural Health Care Program cap

June 7, 2018

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has sent a draft order to FCC colleagues increasing the annual funding cap by $171 million for the Rural Health Care Program, which provides telecommunications and broadband services to rural communities supporting telemedicine.

Pai’s order would increase the annual cap from $400 million to $571 million, and it would take immediate action to address a funding shortfall and improve telemedicine in rural areas, according to the FCC.

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