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FCC Under Pressure to Boost Broadband Support for Rural Telemedicine

The American Association of Family Physicians is the latest healthcare organization to lobby the FCC to increase funding for rural broadband, which in turn would allow for an expansion of rural telemedicine.

One of healthcare’s heavy hitters is lobbying the Federal Communications Commission to support primary care telemedicine in rural America by boosting resources for broadband expansion.

Arguing that improved broadband access will boost telehealth programs in remote communities and for underserved populations, the American Association of Family Physicians (AAFP) is urging the FCC to make several changes to the Rural Health Care (RHC) program, including increasing the budget from its capped $400 million limit and allocating future funding based on the economic needs of the rural population served by a particular practice.

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