A Federal Grant of up to 4.9 million will be used to build a broadband network linking about 96 rural and urban healthcare providers throughout Hawaii and the Pacific island region. The project area covers around 6,200 miles from the U.S. Mainland through Hawaii to American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to serve a population spread across 11 islands. Once the network is running, rural healthcare providers will be able to tap the expertise of modern medical centers, concentrated in urban areas, at speeds of up to 1 billion bytes of information a second. The project will connect more than 6,000 public and nonprofit healthcare providers nationwide. Telemedicine programs allow patients to receive care in a variety of specialties, including cardiology, radiology, psychiatry and pediatrics.