Uncertainty for Alaska’s rural health care and telecommunications providers has been reduced after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) increased its Rural Health Care program budget and approved funding of Alaska Communications’ contracts.

The program’s previous $400 million cap was set in 1997 and never indexed for inflation. The increase represents what the funding level would be today had the initial cap included an inflation adjustment.

The Rural Health Care program provides funding to eligible health care providers for telecommunications and broadband services necessary for the provision of health care.

SOURCE: www.marketwatch.com