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Low-income consumers, as well as rural community and health centers, “likely will not have the resources to pay for a fast connection in a tiered system.”

Health care experts warn that the Federal Communication Commission’s repeal of net neutrality – which requires ISPs to allot the same internet bandwidth to all sites — would severely curtail telemedicine services to individuals who live in rural areas, as well as low-income people everywhere who couldn’t afford to pay for speedier sites.

Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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