TeleQuality Communications Files Comments, Reply Comments for the FCC's Rural Telehealth NPRMO

At the FCC's December 2017 Open Meeting, the Commission officially voted to pass a formal Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order (NPRMO) for the Universal Service Fund's (USF) Rural Health Care (RHC) Program. The NPRMO: 

  • Directed USAC to immediately increase the $400 million annual cap for Funding 2017 & create a framework for raising the cap in future years
  • Began the rulemaking process to review the RHC program and modernize it to ensure all rural healthcare providers have access to advanced telehealth services no mater their location
  • Sought comments on a variety of issues central to the RHC Program in an effort to streamline the process and root out abuse and fraud of federal funds 

TeleQuality Communications recently filed comments and reply comments to the FCC to address a number of issues requested in the NPRMO.

TeleQuality commented on a variety of issues and factors central to the RHC Program that the Commission sought feedback on, including: 

  • Increasing the RHC Program’s $400 million annual cap
  • Creating a prioritization mechanism by program in the event of demand exceeding the cap
  • Allowing market forces to drive rates down instead of adopting a subjective, regulatory approach
  • Not requiring applicants to select the cheapest provider, but providing additional guidance on the competitive bidding process for applicants
  • Streamlining the application process instead of making it more complicated 
  • Proposing changes to the competitive bidding process that would foster greater competition 

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