FCC Provides Relief to Rural Healthcare Providers
February 12, 2021


For Immediate Release

Alicja Johnson
Communications Manager

Washington, D.C. (February 12, 2021) - Today the Federal Communications Commission extended the deadline for filing Rural Health Care (RHC) program applications to June 1, 2021. The Order offers much needed relief to healthcare providers across the country who have been struggling to meet the previous deadline of April 1, 2021. 

John Windhausen Jr., executive director of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, made the following statement:

“Hospitals and health clinics have been overwhelmed since the coronavirus pandemic first took hold last March, needing all hands on deck to care for the massive influx of patients. Thanks to the FCC’s decision to extend the filing deadline, the staff at these institutions can focus their attention and energy on what matters most: keeping Americans healthy throughout this crisis.” 

The RHC program subsidizes broadband services for healthcare providers in rural and urban areas. SHLB requested that the FCC extend the application filing deadline last month. 


About SHLB:

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.

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