The Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program provides support for broadband connectivity to eligible health care providers (HCPs) and encourages the formation of state and regional broadband networks. Under the HCF Program, eligible HCPs can apply as individual HCPs or as part of a consortium. Individual HCPs and consortium applicants will be able to receive a 65 percent discount on all eligible services and equipment. Consortium applicants will also be able to receive this discount on HCP-constructed and owned network facilities. The application process will begin in late summer of 2013 and funding will begin January 1, 2014.