1. Who is Eligible?

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  • In Rural areas
    * Post-secondary teaching institutions and medical schools offering healthcare instruction
    * Local health departments or agencies
    * Community mental health centers
    * Rural health clinics
    * Hub hospitals (less than 400 beds)
    * School based clinics
    * Skilled nursing facilities
    * Mobile health clinics


  • In Non-rural areas (unserved and underserved)
    * Same eligibility as for Rural areas, but in addition:
    * Community Health Clinics with HRSA designation as FQHC
    * Must be member of a Consortium
    * (Hub) Hospitals – may have more than 400 beds
    – $30,000/year in recurring charges
    – $70,000 non-recurring charges spread over 5 years

2. What is a Consortium?

  • An HCF Consortium is:
    * A non-profit organization
    * Lead by a grant non-participant
    * More than 50% of its members are located in rural areas (U.S. Census rural tracts)

3. Why Join a Consortium?

  • Advantages of being a member of a Qualified and Approved Consortium:
    * Can obtain 2:1 funding match from USAC/FCC HCF
    – 35% of cost paid by member HCPs for installation costs, Network Management software,
    and monthly recurring expenses
    – 65% of cost supplied by the USAC from the HCF
    * Grant funding for non-rural areas (low income, high unemployment, high non-English speaking,
    and high percentage of elderly)
    * Expanded eligible list of services and equipment (only available to Consortium members)
    * Upgrade of Internet Access facilities (not including internal network facilities)

4. Group Eligibility

  • To be Eligible, Rural HCF applicants
    * Must be non-profit
    * May file an individual application, in which case must also file all administrative requirements for the 8 years of the program
    * Will receive listed services except for:
    – Network Management equipment
    – Upgrade to existing Internet Access facilities
  • To be Eligible, Non-rural HCF Consortium applicants
    Must be non-profit
    * Consortium files all applications and administrative requirements for 8 years for all members
    * Will receive listed services plus:
    – Network Management software
    – Upgrade to existing Internet Access facilities
    * Does benefit from RFP generated bulk purchase of services
    * All members have physical connection to all other members on the Consortium network
  • Non-eligible HCF Consortium members
    May be for-profit
    * Do not receive HCF subsidy
    * Do benefit from RFP generated bulk purchase of services
    * Has physical connection to all members on the Consortium network