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Volume: 5 Issue: 4
(April 2018)

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The repeal of US net neutrality and its impact on telemedicine

The decision late last year by the US Federal Communications Commission (‘FCC’) to repeal the Obama-era rules regarding net neutrality is having serious ramifications across many industry sectors, including in healthcare, particularly as it relates to telemedicine. Many industry observers fear the repeal of net neutrality rules will negatively impact the ability of telemedicine stakeholders to provide services, especially in rural areas. Ultimately, however, the true impact of the repeal on telemedicine is unlikely to be known in the short term because it is unclear how internet service providers (‘ISPs’) will adjust to the new ecosystem and how such changes will affect telemedicine, as Rene Quashie, Member at Cozen O’Connor, explains.

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