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Alaskan Telecom Provider Challenges FCC Rural Health Care Order

Oct. 21, 2019, 9:52 PM

An Alaskan telecom company is challenging Federal Communications Commission changes to a program that subsidizes rural health-care providers’ broadband internet services, in a petition to the D.C. Circuit.

GCI Communication Corp. Oct. 21 asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review an FCC order that set the rates at which companies can charge health-care providers for telecom services.

The order, part of which takes effect Nov. 12, modifies the rules governing the agency’s Rural Health Care Program, which was designed to promote telehealth services in rural areas.

An FCC spokesman didn’t immediately respond to...

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