Consortium Overview

On Dec. 12, 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) to expand access by health care providers to robust broadband networks. The program is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Co. (USAC).

Key Features of Healthcare Connect Fund

  • Supports broadband connectivity and broadband networks for health care providers (HCPs)
  • Encourages use of a consortium to save costs and expand access to health care resources
  • Provides 65% discount on broadband services, equipment, connections to research and education networks, HCP-constructed and owned facilities if shown to be the most cost effective option 

Who is eligible to participate?

  • Public or not-for-profit hospitals, rural health clinics, community health centers, health centers serving migrants, community mental health centers, local health departments or agencies, postsecondary educational institutions/teaching hospitals/medical schools, skilled nursing facility or a consortia of the above
  • Non-rural HCPs may participate in HCF if they belong to a consortium that has a majority of members that are rural HCPs
  • The largest HCPs (400 + patient beds) are eligible, but support is capped if non-rural 

For more information

Contact the Federal Funding Group at:

Or Jennifer Findley at:



Kansas Health-e Broadband Overview

Kansas Health-e Broadband Application Packet

Informational Webinar noon on September  26, 2023 RECORDING and SLIDES

Eligible Services for Subsidy

Healthcare Connect Fund Website

About FFG