FCC’s Connect2Health Task Force to Convene Several Virtual Listening Sessions

Starting the week of July 31st, the Federal Communication Commission’s Connect2Health Task Force will convene several virtual listening sessions over a period of several weeks. The sessions will be conducted via teleconference and will try to connect with non-traditional stakeholders outside the Washington, DC, metropolitan area and will focus on recommendations related to the policy, regulations, technical aspects, and infrastructure of broadband-enabled healthcare.

To build on their recommendations effort, the FCC released GN Docket No. 16-46 (FCC Seeks Comment and Data on Actions to Accelerate Adoption and Accessibility of Broadband-Enabled Health Care Solutions and Advanced Technologies) on April 24th of this year and has extended the deadline for comment on the docket to September 29th of this year.

Groups interested in participating in these sessions should contact Connect2Health by email at connect2health@fcc.gov by July 28th. Those interested should have “Virtual Listening Session” in the subject line and provide details on which sessions they would like to attend, a brief biography, contact information, a description of one’s organization (if applicable) and the extent of availability (days and ETS times). When the Task Force develops a final schedule, participants will be notified. Included below is a tentative schedule:

Week of Aug. 7: Health Care Provider Forum: e.g., Health system administrators and CIOs, clinicians and other health care providers (including allied health professionals); community health officials and clinicians; small medical practices; public safety and EMS professionals; and researchers

Week of Sept. 11: Rural and Consumer Issues Forum: e.g., Associations and advocacy groups representing rural interests, Tribal lands, people with disabilities, veterans, and older Americans

Week of Sept. 18: Technology and Broadband Services Forum: e.g., Telecommunications carriers, broadband services providers, manufacturers, innovators, and entrepreneurs

Week of Sept. 25: Policymakers Forum: e.g., Federal policymakers; state and local health officials (or their representatives) and other policymakers; associations representing state, county, and city health officials and policymakers; state and local officials involved in developing technology and broadband policies and strategies

For questions about the listening sessions please contact Ben Bartolome at Ben.Bartolome@fcc.gov