Digital Edition

SYS-CON.TV
Net Neutrality: Are We on a Collision Course? | Part 1
What might happen in a world where we have a patchwork of widely differing capabilities and offerings from one ISP to the next?

The cable companies and telcos who dominate the U.S. market for Internet access won a victory when they succeeded in having the heart of the FCC's ruling on net neutrality struck down. Now, for the first time legally, those companies can both block content and offer fast lane services at their discretion.

I have mentioned several times in my recent series of blogs that the eventual outcome of this decision may not be as obvious as we first thought: it may be less bad than network neutrality advocates feared, and rather less wonderful than some of the anti-neutrality advocates hoped. In previous blogs, I mentioned that neither the device vendors nor the edge providers will sit by passively and let the carrier's Internet service providers (ISPs) call all the shots. To really understand this, it is worth reviewing other aspects of the Internet as they are actually evolving, as compared to the somewhat static model apparently envisioned by the courts, the FCC and some of the carriers.

In the early days of the Internet, it was easy to conceive of this new technology in terms that were familiar from the old world of cable TV, broadcasting and even newspapers. Corporations owned and managed content. Users somewhat passively consumed it and paid for the service in one way or another, either by subscription or by buying products that were advertised.  This model of users, access providers and edge providers is the model in which the net neutrality debate was founded. Access providers in the middle want to be able to charge both ends to carry the bits. On the other hand, users want to be free to access any edge-provider, and edge-providers want to be able to offer their goods to all users. Clearly, whichever way the decision went, someone was going to be unhappy.

But this model, reasonable as it might have been when the Internet was younger, is overlaid with layers of complexity today. That complexity means all decisions made by ISPs on blocking and favoring will be made much more difficult than they would have been years ago.

Today we are immersed in an Internet in which user-created content, social networking, mobility, IP voice/video services, location services and more are all blurring the line between content provider and content consumer. The notions of the Internet of things and the Internet of agents do not fit neatly into the user/edge-provider format either. The traditional static model of Internet business is becoming inadequate. Today's Internet is dynamic, with every edge-point potentially a consumer, provider and processor of content, sometimes all at the same time. Unless all ISPs choose the same portfolio of edge providers to favor (or block), we can expect to see holes in some places where we have grown to expect services.

What might happen in a world where we have a patchwork of widely differing capabilities and offerings from one ISP to the next? In my next blog I'll get into some hypothetical, albeit extreme examples to help paint the picture of why this is such a polarizing topic for both sides of the fence. Follow us on Twitter to make sure you don't miss it!

About Esmeralda Swartz
Esmeralda Swartz is VP, Marketing Enterprise and Cloud, BUSS. She has spent 15 years as a marketing, product management, and business development technology executive bringing disruptive technologies and companies to market. Esmeralda was CMO of MetraTech, now part of Ericsson. At MetraTech, Esmeralda was responsible for go-to-market strategy and execution for enterprise and SaaS products, product management, business development and partner programs. Prior to MetraTech, Esmeralda was co-founder, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Lightwolf Technologies, a big data management startup. She was previously co-founder and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development of Soapstone Networks, a developer of resource and service control software, now part of Extreme Networks.

In order to post a comment you need to be registered and logged in.

Register | Sign-in

Reader Feedback: Page 1 of 1



ADS BY GOOGLE
Subscribe to the World's Most Powerful Newsletters

ADS BY GOOGLE

Artifex Software began 25-years ago with Ghostscript, a page description language (PDL) interpreter ...
In an age of borderless networks, security for the cloud and security for the corporate network can ...
Isomorphic Software is the global leader in high-end, web-based business applications. We develop, m...
Cloud Storage 2.0 has brought many innovations, including the availability of cloud storage services...
In very short order, the term "Blockchain" has lost an incredible amount of meaning. With too many j...
For enterprises to maintain business competitiveness in the digital economy, IT modernization is req...
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with exp...
Cloud-Native thinking and Serverless Computing are now the norm in financial services, manufacturing...
Most modern computer languages embed a lot of metadata in their application. We show how this goldmi...
On-premise or off, you have powerful tools available to maximize the value of your infrastructure an...
Public clouds dominate IT conversations but the next phase of cloud evolutions are "multi" hybrid cl...
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with exp...
Every organization is facing their own Digital Transformation as they attempt to stay ahead of the c...
Data center, on-premise, public-cloud, private-cloud, multi-cloud, hybrid-cloud, IoT, AI, edge, SaaS...
DevOps has long focused on reinventing the SDLC (e.g. with CI/CD, ARA, pipeline automation etc.), wh...
Now is the time for a truly global DX event, to bring together the leading minds from the technology...
In a recent survey, Sumo Logic surveyed 1,500 customers who employ cloud services such as Amazon Web...
In today's always-on world, customer expectations have changed. Competitive differentiation is deliv...
Atmosera delivers modern cloud services that maximize the advantages of cloud-based infrastructures....
Moving to Azure is the path to digital transformation, but not every journey is effective. Organizat...