FCC adds nearly $200M in funding for rural healthcare program

The Federal Communications Commission is increasing funding by $197.98 million for its rural healthcare program this year, it said in a June 30 news release.

Rural healthcare providers' funding applications for high-speed broadband during the pandemic have exceeded the $604.7 million funding cap for the FCC's rural healthcare program. The FCC said it pulled the $197.98 million from unused funds allocated for the program in previous years. 

The agency's announcement pushes the cap to $802.7 million, the highest in the program's history.

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