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Revised as of April 2, 2020
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§ 54.612 Eligible services.
(a) Eligible services. Subject to the provisions of § § 54.600 through
54.602 and 54.607 through 54.633, eligible health care providers may
request support under the Healthcare Connect Fund Program for any
advanced telecommunications or information service that enables health
care providers to post their own data, interact with stored data,
generate new data, or communicate, by providing connectivity over
private dedicated networks or the public internet for the provision of
health information technology.
(b) Eligibility of dark fiber. A consortium of eligible health care
providers may receive support for “dark” fiber where the customer, not
the service provider, provides the modulating electronics, subject to
the following limitations:
(1) Support for recurring charges associated with dark fiber is only
available once the dark fiber is “lit” and actually being used by the
health care provider. Support for non-recurring charges for dark fiber
is only available for fiber lit within the same funding year, but
applicants may receive up to a one-year extension to light fiber,
consistent with § 54.626(b), if they provide documentation to the
Administrator that construction was unavoidably delayed due to weather
or other reasons.
(2) Requests for proposals that solicit dark fiber solutions must also
solicit proposals to provide the needed services over lit fiber over a
time period comparable to the duration of the dark fiber lease or
indefeasible right of use.
(3) If an applicant intends to request support for equipment and
maintenance costs associated with lighting and operating dark fiber, it
must include such elements in the same request for proposal as the dark
fiber so that the Administrator can review all costs associated with
the fiber when determining whether the applicant chose the most
(c) Dark and lit fiber maintenance costs. (1) Both individual and
consortium applicants may receive support for recurring maintenance
costs associated with leases of dark or lit fiber.
(2) Consortium applicants may receive support for upfront payments for
maintenance costs associated with leases of dark or lit fiber, subject
to the limitations in § 54.616.
(d) Reasonable and customary installation charges. Eligible health care
providers may obtain support for reasonable and customary installation
charges for eligible services, up to an undiscounted cost of $5,000 per
(e) Upfront charges for service provider deployment of new or upgraded
facilities. (1) Participants may obtain support for upfront charges for
service provider deployment of new or upgraded facilities to serve
(2) Support is available to extend service provider deployment of
facilities up to the “demarcation point,” which is the boundary between
facilities owned or controlled by the service provider, and facilities
owned or controlled by the customer.
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Goto Year: 2019 |
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