FCC Seeks USF Funds for Building Rural Broadband

The FCC launched an effort to tap the Universal Service Fund to establish a $400 million program aimed at extending broadband service to rural healthcare providers, CongressDaily reported. The changes, consistent with goals laid out in the commission's 10-year national broadband plan, are aimed at expanding eligible applicants from 9,800 healthcare providers to 12,000 by including providers who may not operate within hospitals, such as skilled nursing facilities, off-site administrative offices and data centers, and renal dialysis centers.