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In 1996, The United States Congress and the Federal Communications Commission established the Universal Service fund to meet goals established in the telecommunications act of 1996. Among many of the goals stated in the program’s charter was the following:
“To increase access to telecommunications and advanced services in schools, libraries and rural health care facilities”.
Of the approximately $8.5 billion in annual revenues the fund receives each year, only $400 million is earmarked to advance the rural health care fund component of the mission.
Of the $400 million per year earmarked since 1996, less than 10% of this allocation has been distributed.
90% of the annual allocated amount goes undistributed.
One simple answer: The complexity and time associated with navigating the funding protocols. Money is available to help fund your health care network infrastructure costs and we can help you navigate the channels to receive it.