Rural Health Care

Step 1 Before You Apply

A consortium leader seeking support for broadband service from the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program should make sure they are familiar with program requirements before beginning the application process.

Consortium leaders should also be familiar with eligibility requirements and the application process before organizing a consortium.

Third-Party Authorization

If a consortium leader plans to use a consultant or other third party to submit HCF Program application forms, the consultant must obtain and submit to USAC a written third party authorization (TPA) giving the third party authority to complete and submit forms on behalf of the consortium and assigning the consortium leader with responsibility for all liability for any errors, omissions, or misrepresentations that may be contained on the forms and documents. For more information about TPA requirements, see the Third Party Authorization page.

Once the consortium leader is familiar with these basic requirements, they can proceed to Step 2: Organize a Consortium.

Download a sample TPA.

Letter of Agency

The letter of agency (LOA) provides written authorization to the project coordinator of a consortium to act on behalf of each participating health care provider (HCP) or health system not owned or operated by the consortium or organization operating the consortium. The LOA should be addressed to the project coordinator for the consortium leader.

An LOA can also act as a third party authorization (TPA) between the consortium members and third parties by including the following language:

    • "[HCP Name] hereby authorizes [Consortium Leader Name] and its agents to act on its behalf..."
    • "[HCP Name] authorizes [Consortium Leader Name] and its agents to: [HCP Name] authorizes [Consortium Leader Name] and its agents to submit the FCC Form 461..."

Download a sample LOA.