As Donald Trump prepares to take office, the fate of net neutrality, or the policy that broadband providers do not favor traffic from one source or destination over another, is in question.
The outcome could affect video streaming and other services that consumers use, and and impact companies with streaming services such as Netflix (NFLX) , Dish Network (DISH) and network operators such as AT&T (T) , Verizon (VZ) , Comcast (CMCSA) and Charter (CHTR) .
Netflix faces the greatest risk among the media companies that UBS tracks, analyst Doug Mitchelson suggested in a report.
"Without Net Neutrality rules in place, broadband providers would be able to charge online video services for bandwidth usage, as well as sell priority access (guaranteed streaming quality) and favor their own services," Mitchelson wrote.
Network operators could charge Netflix, which declined to comment, a fee to carry its movies and shows. Netflix could face a disadvantage against Hulu, Mitchelson added, because the rival streaming service has struck deals with Cablevision (CVC) and other cable providers to allow its service through a channel on set-top boxes.
While net neutrality is absent from the "positions" page of the Trump campaign site, the president-elect has tweeted his displeasure with the regulations.