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FCC Launches Rural Health Pilot

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched a new Rural Pilot Program that aims to boost telehealth and telemedicine services around the country. How this will happen will be through the creation of a national broadband network that will connect public and private non-profit health care providers in rural and urban locations. The point of the project is to spread the ideas and benefits of innovative health care services to areas where the need for those benefits is acute. For instance, a rural Community Health Center in South Dakota can tap into the vast pool of expertise and information at academic, public, and private health care institutions. Providers who are selected for this project (you have to apply) can have up to 85 percent of cost of link up covered. The FCC has established a new Web site for the RHC Pilot Program that provides extensive information about program goals, applying for funding, etc.