March 21, 2018

CT healthcare organizations get $1.8M in federal help for internet bills

Three Connecticut organizations that are members of the American Healthcare Connect Consortium (AHCC) have received $1.8 million in federal grants to help offset their broadband and internet/ethernet service and equipment costs.

The grants from the Federal Communications Commission's Healthcare Connect Fund will offset 65 percent of AHCC members' relevant costs over the next three years of funding. Connecticut AHCC members are: Community Health Center Inc. of Middletown, which had 18 sites in the state approved for funding; Southwest Community Health Center Inc. of Bridgeport, which had six sites in Connecticut approved; and Middlesex Hospital, based in Middletown, with 31 sites approved.

This new funding, totaling $1,757,546 follows $849,309 in funding approved in 2016 for American Healthcare Connect Consortium members.

To qualify for the funding, sites must participate in the AHCC contract with Fiber Technologies Inc., now part of Lightower Fiber Networks, which entered into a contract with AHCC in 2015 to provide high-speed broadband and internet/ethernet services and equipment for AHCC consortium members.

The Healthcare Connect Fund receives $400 million annually from the FCC to assist certain public and not-for-profit healthcare organizations with services covered by the fund.

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