Rural Health Care Providers can Apply for USAC Hosted VoIP Discounts

USAC-logoEach year, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) makes available $400 million in funding through the Rural Health Care (RHC) program, to be used for telecommunications and Internet services for health care providers located in rural areas. However, according to USAC, only $81 million was granted in 2011, due in large part to a lack of program awareness. Carolina Digital Phone, a North Carolina based Interconnected-VoIP provider of advanced network communications and hosted VoIP services, urges rural health care providers to apply for RHC funding in order to take advantage of discounts on hosted VoIP telecommunications services.

The Rural Health Care Telecommunications Program provides qualifying rural health care providers with discounts on a variety of telecommunication services including Hosted VoIP, Ethernet, fiber, Internet access charges. The discounts enable rural health care providers to save on current telecommunications and Internet services, upgrade to more advanced solutions, or even install new and improved technology.

Today’s health care organizations face a wide range of challenges—such as medical error reduction, efficient practice management, asset and resource tracking, patient privacy requirements, patient data storage, government regulation compliance, and limited financial resources — all while maintaining and improving the quality of patient care.

“Rural health care providers need access to high-speed Internet and telecommunications services to meet the demands of today’s health care industry. Typically, their communications expenses are higher than their peers in more populated areas because the lack of commercial business development discourages the expansion of these services into rural areas,” said Nicky SmithCarolina Digital‘s  President.  “As an approved service provider for USAC programs, Carolina Digital Phone working with it’s partners have extensive experience working with rural health care providers to give them access to the services they need in order to operate effectively and efficiently — benefiting their patients, physicians, and staff — every day.”

Eligible health care providers must apply by June 2 to receive a full 12 months of funding for the 2013 funding year (July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014). Applications are accepted year round, but after June 2, financial support is pro-rated based on the date of the application.

Dedicated E-Rate Specialist: Converged Networks and Carolina Digital Phone, with their dedicated staff of specialists, will work with you on E-Rate Funding and will work with the Universal Service Administrative Company as you get funding for your projects. Our E-Rate specialists have many years of experience in E-Rate funding, implementation and deployment. You may contact an E-Rate specialist by calling Mike Hauer at (843) 725-3200.

About Carolina Digital Phone

We are a pioneer of hosted phone services, and provide products that improve the capabilities of business and education telephony while reducing your overall cost. Our offerings stand out for their excellent value, including very competitive pricing, the industry’s deepest feature set, ease of deployment and the many user-friendly packages – from a full turnkey set-up including dial tone and VoIP phones, to automated call answering and routing solutions that work with your existing land lines, cell phones or VoIP phones. Forget the hassles and costs of buying and maintaining your own PBX hardware. With Carolina Digital Phone, your staff and teachers, whether in one location or far-away, can focus on serving your students while we provide the advanced features and responsiveness that give you a competitive edge. We also offer a backup phone service to ensure your business stays up and running should disaster strike. Carolina Digital Phone is managed and operated by Carolina Digital Phone, a locally owned hosted PBX provider of high quality VoIP services based in Greensboro, North Carolina. IP-based, broadband telephone service delivers the excellent advantage of not requiring other lines or wire being hooked up directly. You already have high-speed internet access, now you can harness that power with a hosted PBX system. Services are available Nationwide. Our service partners include Level 3 Communications, Earthlink Carrier, Sprint and AT&T. If you have questions about our services, please call us first. If by email send your inquiry to [email protected] We will respond within one business day.

About Converged Networks

Converged Networks has been servicing the voice and data networking needs of K-12 school districts in North and South Carolina and beyond since 2001. We have a friendly, dedicated staff that is well trained and experienced in the needs of K-12 school districts, including Hosted VoIP, Ethernet switching wired networks, 802.11 wireless (WIFI) networks, Internet Content Filtering, Intrusion Detection and Prevention, Network Access Control for Bring Your on Device (BYOD) solutions, learning management systems, structured cabling, and other K-12 technology solutions. Call or click today for immediate assistance with any of the solutions listed above. 866-866-5312. www.convergednetworks.com

In North and South Carolina you can get a VoIP based Hosted PBX Internet telephone service from Converged Networks and Carolina Digital Phone that contains state-of-the-art technology for your school system or library. Our hosted PBX VoIP (Voice over internet protocol) internet phone services qualify for Priority 1 E-Rate funding and allows you to keep your local phone numbers. And new numbers anywhere in North or South Carolina are available for immediate activation. Ready to expand to a new community? You can quickly get a telephone number in New York City, Atlanta, Los Angeles or even London, England for just a few dollars a month that will ring directly to your school of library in South Carolina. All these services are now available at a great savings for any size school or library, and it all qualifies for Priority 1 E-Rate funding which means you will qualify, no matter what your current free and reduce lunch percentages are.

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