Telehealth Initiative

Telehealth - telemedicine is a primary strategy to drive deployment into rural and remote areas through the development of the California Telehealth Network (CTN), a major initiative being sponsored by a consortium of key stakeholders led by the University of California. CETF is providing the principal match to $22.1 million from the Federal Communications Commission to build a robust statewide network that will bring specialized health and medical care to underserved communities, both rural and urban. CETF envisions telehealth - telemedicine as a signature component of healthcare reform in California, providing cost-effective delivery of scarce services as well as empowering individuals to take more responsibility for their own health. As this vision becomes a reality, there will be increased consumer demand for broadband, including faster speeds.