FTC to Launch Broadband Networks


September 27, 2006

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to create a pilot program that will help public and nonprofit healthcare providers establish state and regional broadband networks dedicated to healthcare services, as well as provide funding for these networks to connect to Internet2’s nationwide advanced research and education network.

HIMSS.org reports that the new program will help spark the formation of a ubiquitous advanced healthcare network that will serve the country’s national interest by improving citizens’ access to first class healthcare services, resources and research.

By linking high-speed state and regional research and education networks, the nationwide Internet2 backbone now connects more than 46,000 research and education institutions with high-performance, highly reliable networking.

For more information, visit http://www.fcc.gov or http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-267605A1.pdf.