Goto Section: 54.523 | 54.603 | Table of Contents
Revised as of December 4, 2012
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§ 54.601 Eligibility.
(a) Health care providers. (1) Except with regard to those services
provided under § 54.621(b), only an entity that is either a public or
non-profit rural health care provider, as defined in this section,
shall be eligible to receive supported services under this subpart.
(2) For purposes of this subpart, a “health care provider” is any:
(i) Post-secondary educational institution offering health care
instruction, including a teaching hospital or medical school;
(ii) Community health center or health center providing health care to
(iii) Local health department or agency;
(iv) Community mental health center;
(v) Not-for-profit hospital;
(vi) Rural health clinic; or
(vii) Consortium of health care providers consisting of one or more
entities described in paragraphs (a)(2)(i) through (a)(2)(vi) of this
(3) For purposes of this subpart, a rural health care provider is a
public or non-profit health care provider located in a rural area, as
defined in this subpart.
(i) Notwithstanding the definition of “rural area” in § 54.5, any
health care provider that is located in a “rural area” under the
definition used by the Commission prior to July 1, 2005, and received a
funding commitment from the rural health care program prior to July 1,
2005, is eligible for support under this subpart.
(4) Each separate site or location of a health care provider shall be
considered an individual health care provider for purposes of
calculating and limiting support under this subpart.
(b) Consortia. (1) An eligible health care provider may join a
consortium with other eligible health care providers; with schools,
libraries, and library consortia eligible under Subpart F; and with
public sector (governmental) entities to order telecommunications
services. With one exception, eligible health care providers
participating in consortia with ineligible private sector members shall
not be eligible for supported services under this subpart. A consortium
may include ineligible private sector entities if such consortium is
only receiving services at tariffed rates or at market rates from those
providers who do not file tariffs.
(2) For consortia, universal service support under this subpart shall
apply only to the portion of eligible services used by an eligible
health care provider.
(c) Services. (1) Any telecommunications service that is the subject of
a properly completed bona fide request by a rural health care provider
shall be eligible for universal service support, subject to the
limitations described in this paragraph. The length of a supported
telecommunications service may not exceed the distance between the
health care provider and the point farthest from that provider on the
jurisdictional boundary of the largest city in a state as defined in
(2) Internet access and limited toll-free access to internet. (i) For
purposes of this subpart, eligible Internet access is an information
service that enables rural health care providers to post their own
data, interact with stored data, generate new data, or communicate over
the World Wide Web.
(ii) Internet access shall be eligible for universal service support
under § 54.621(a).
(iii) Limited toll-free access to an Internet service provider shall be
eligible for universal service support under § 54.621(b).
(3) Advanced telecommunications and information services as provided
under § 54.621.
(d) Allocation of discounts. An eligible health care provider that
engages in eligible and ineligible activities or that collocates with
an entity that provides ineligible services shall allocate eligible and
ineligible activities in order to receive a prorated discount for
eligible activities. Health care providers shall choose a method of
cost allocation that is based on objective criteria and reasonably
reflects the eligible usage of the facilities.
[ 62 FR 32948 , June 17, 1997, as amended at 64 FR 66787 , Nov. 30, 1999;
68 FR 74502 , Dec. 24, 2003; 70 FR 6372 , Feb. 7, 2005; 73 FR 19438 , Apr.
10, 2008; 76 FR 37282 , June 27, 2011]
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Goto Section: 54.523 | 54.603
Goto Year: 2011 |
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