Cuts to Broadband Subsidies Threaten Rural Health

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As a result of the Federal Communications Commission’s Rural Health Program reaching its annual $400 million funding cap for the first time in 2016, the program administrator announced it would significantly reduce subsidies to participants in 2017.

This reduction in program subsidies, which help rural facilities pay for high-speed broadband connectivity, will negatively impact health care access and delivery in rural communities nationwide. OCHIN and other stakeholders are advocating for increasing funding for this vital program.

Read more in this article from the Bend Bulletin featuring OCHIN’s Vice President of Government and Public Affairs Jennifer Stoll.