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CHA Submits Statement for Rep. Matsui’s ‘Net Neutrality’ Forum
Forum to include FCC commissioners, open Internet policy discussion

Tomorrow, Rep. Doris Matsui will hold a forum in Sacramento regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposed open Internet policy, often referred to as “net neutrality.” The forum, which will be attended by FCC commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel, will be part of the House Energy and Commerce Committee minority record. CHA submitted the attached statement for the record on the proposed policy’s implications for the delivery of health care services.

CHA’s statement cautions the FCC to carefully frame its rules to ensure that investments in infrastructure, devices and software required for the critical exchange of information among providers will continue to improve health care delivery. CHA is concerned the proposed draft rules do not ensure Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will give health care transmissions the highest priority and urges the FCC to ensure the importance of these transmissions is protected. CHA’s statement provides examples that demonstrate the importance of an open Internet policy and the need to ensure health care transmissions are given priority as hospitals implement electronic health records, provide telehealth services, and respond to natural and man-made disasters.