Net Neutrality and how it affects Healthcare Providers

What is Net Neutrality? Why are we talking about it in a healthcare context?

Well, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. rejected the FCC’sopen internet rules, making way for cable companies to give some broadcast companies and video streaming services preferential treatment.The 2010 Federal Communications Act forced companies like Comcast and Verizon to treat all video streaming equally. Net neutrality puts users in control Services succeed or fail based on what users like and, until now, Youtube, Netflix & Hulu didn’t have to worry about striking a deal with the internet service providers.

The ruling will be bad for cord cutters, especially if they get their broadband from a cable company. If Net Neutrality is eroded, then what will it mean for healthcare’s broadband’s requirements for telemedicine capablities?


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