On September 30, 2019, NTCA filed reply comments on the Commission's proposal to create a pilot program that would provide funding to health care providers to defray the cost of providing telehealth services to low-income Americans and veterans. NTCA recommended the Commission coordinate the award of Pilot funds with health care agencies to ensure the funds are used most effectively and supported limiting the Pilot program to rural areas. NTCA noted concerns that the Pilot funds should not be used to build, maintain or operate duplicative broadband networks that are already receiving universal service funding.
Promoting Telehealth for Low-Income Consumers, Docket No. 18-213