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20
DEC
2017

FCC Votes to Repeal Net Neutrality, Raising Implications for Telehealth and Remote Monitoring

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–Fierce Healthcare

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 in favor of repealing net neutrality regulations, an expected outcome that prompted renewed concern from some about the impact on telehealth and remote monitoring.

In a release (PDF) following Thursday’s vote, the FCC lauded the reversal of “heavy-handed utility-style regulations” that would promote network investment that is “key to closing the digital divide, spurring competition and innovation that benefits consumers.”
But the hotly debated change was met with an immediate legal challenge from more than a dozen states, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who released a video shortly after the vote vowing to “stop the FCC’s illegal rollback of net neutrality.” Schneiderman said his office is investigating a flood of fake comments submitted to the FCC’s site.
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