Net Neutrality – Helpful or Destructive?
After years of deliberation, the FCC recently ruled to reclassify broadband Internet service as a utility, just like phone companies. Some cheered. Some cried. Netflix, once the most vocal proponent of net neutrality, now has some doubts.
The Washington Post reports: “Netflix said they were ‘not pleased’ about the ruling. It’s a shocking admission for a company that led the charge on aggressive regulations for Comcast, Verizon and other broadband companies. Given how vocally Netflix was advocating for Title II, it’s surprising to see Wells suddenly throwing the regulations under the bus, as Variety is reporting.”
Net Neutrality Impact on Big Data and the Cloud
Despite some positives, the new ruling isn’t welcomed by most cloud computing and big data service providers. Even a few years ago, big name news sources were warning that FCC internet regulation could cause complication to cloud services and contracts.
From the Wall Street Journal: “ISPs could use the ruling to develop more innovative services, meaning better cloud software services. But the ISPs could then drive up the costs of supporting high-bandwidth cloud applications, such as storage, arguing that they need to recoup the cost of their technology investments. CIOs will now need to worry about not only how much bandwidth to buy, but which lane of the highway they want to be on.”
Supporters say the FCC will have a “light touch” on regulating the internet as a utility. Opponents of the recent ruling expect the FCC to eventually get into regulating pricing and profit just like other public utilities. regulating free speech. It isn’t yet clear what impact the net neutrality ruling will have on businesses. Only time will tell if Net Neutrality will be a net positive or negative.
Below is a good refresher on what Net Neutrality is and isn’t.
What do you think?
By Jason Sander