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Charter's Wisconsin, Oregon Customers Already Benefiting From FCC's Efforts to Expand Medical Services via Broadband
Date:7/22/2010

ST. LOUIS, July 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Charter Business customers in Wisconsin and Oregon today are receiving benefits from a pilot program for rural health care that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposes to make permanent and expand nationally in the years ahead.  

A proposal introduced by the FCC last week would make permanent the Rural Health Care Pilot Program, currently set to expire next year, and expand broadband investment for medically underserved communities across the country. The expanded initiative would enable patients in rural areas to have access to state-of-the-art diagnostic tools typically available only at the largest and most sophisticated medical centers, a benefit enjoyed today under the current pilot program by Charter customers in rural Wisconsin and Oregon.

Through the Rural Health Care Pilot Program, Charter Business provides fiber-based broadband services to health care organizations in Wisconsin and Oregon. The program is designed to develop support for the deployment of a broadband nationwide health care network, focusing on rural areas of the country where support is needed the most. Through this pilot program, the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative ITN has deployed redundant servers for electronic health records, providing vital links for disaster preparedness and emergency response.

"We applaud Chairman Julius Genachowski and the FCC for their efforts to boost the growth of Internet services in the United States through the National Broadband Plan, and we look forward to working
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