interesting point... but I think we gonna see some changes with security... as few days ago I attended seminar in Toronto... where speaker keep telling about new concept... security pay as you go... basically for Co. who could afford it ...
A very good point, Zerox203. The fact is that "the Internet" needs to evolve as a network and not just as a set of OTT services. We need QoS end to end, which means we need settlement among ISPs rather than Bill-and-Keep. We need to accept that traffic growth equals cost growth for operators or we'll drive down investment in infrastructure. We need to be thinking about how new missions will drive new services. I said from the first that the Neutrality Order was highly flawed, but I also agree that killing it opens some risks that may have to be addressed down the line. What we can't do is try to impose an unreasonable business structure on the industry, or we'll kill what we're trying to protect.
Thanks for this coverage, Tom. It's nice to get the general perspective that something good can come from this. Nothing is black and white, and you would think that after a while we would get used to that, but it seems that we don't - certainly, the outcry on the internet has not been hesistant to label this one as close to 'all black' as possible. Whether we're talking about one specific issue or another, your point is very well-taken; the order isn't a single sheet of paper that says 'ruin net neutrality' stamped ''approved'' with cheesy red ink. It's a complex issue with many subsections to consider.
Net neutrality notwithstanding, we're moving towards a time of increasing complexity and interconnectivity for the internet - as you point out, VPNs and various cloud interactions are just two issues that shift us pretty far from the 'customer pays a flat rate and receives a static service' model anyway. It's up to us to decide what that means as an industry and as a culture - everyone from enterprises down to consumers ought to make their voice heard.
I think we can assume that security, which has always been a "feature" available with some services, will increasingly become an architected part of premium online models. SDN and the Internet may intersect there!
@Tom Well the thing that worries me to most about bronze, silver, and gold Internet, as you put it, is that to get decent security you may need to buy the "gold" standard. I wonder if they'd add new rules mandating some fundamental security be part of all options
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