SHLB Endorses FCC’s Telehealth Efforts April 07, 2020
For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C. (April 7, 2020) - Today the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition endorsed the Federal Communications Commission’s efforts to boost telehealth availability in the U.S. On Thursday, the Commission adopted an Order implementing a $200 million COVID-19 Telehealth Program, as well as a Connected Care Pilot Program that has been two years in the making.
The COVID-19 Telehealth Program helps healthcare providers acquire broadband services and devices to treat coronavirus patients with telehealth solutions. The Pilot Program provides up to $100 million in funding for connected care solutions and seeks to establish a long-term plan for Universal Service Fund support of telehealth.
John Windhausen Jr., executive director of the SHLB Coalition, made the following statement:
“All FCC officials, and especially FCC Commissioner Carr, deserve enormous credit for their incredibly swift action to establish the COVID-19 Emergency Telehealth Support Program and the Connected Care Pilot Program. The emergency telehealth program can help to relieve the understaffed and overloaded hospitals and clinics during the pandemic. Meanwhile, the Connected Care Pilot will ready us to take better care of veterans and low-income communities when the global pandemic is behind us. Both of these programs will provide valuable assistance to healthcare providers all across the country and expedite their delivery of high quality telehealth services.”
The SHLB Coalition is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) advocacy organization that supports open, affordable, high-quality broadband connections for anchor institutions and their surrounding communities. The SHLB Coalition is based in Washington, D.C. and has a diverse membership of commercial and non-commercial organizations from across the United States. To learn more, visit www.shlb.org.