The Federal Communications Commission's National Broadband Plan to make broadband Internet connectivity available across the nation calls for significant revamping of the current Rural Health Care Program that offers subsidized telecommunications connectivity, including Internet service.

The plan also recommends expanding the types of providers eligible for subsidized services, including long-term care, for-profit facilities serving vulnerable populations, off-site administrative offices and data centers.  Current restrictions on for-profit providers exclude more than 70 percent of rural providers from getting subsidies today.

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