It has plusses and minuses. One notable problem is the implication that the striking down of neutrality would open the door for consumers paying for gold, silver, and bronze Internet. That, in fact, was specifically allowed by the order so nothing changes there. The difference is that the order implied that the content provider could not pay for premium handling, only the consumer could.
It probably goes deeper than that, Sara. For example, if you bought a cloud service from a provider who had an on-ramp in each city and a couple regional cloud data centers, the portion of the connection between the place you first touched the cloud in that metro on-ramp and the cloud data centers would be immune from neutrality so you could be sold QoS there even if the neutrality order were upheld. The cloud is like a CDN, which by the way is also exempt. Thus, neutrality policy would increase the value of "big-provider" clouds who could afford local on-ramps.
Also, to anyone who isn't entirely clear on what net neutrality even is, the best explanation I've seen is over at CNET. Good stuff: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57617242-94/why-you-should-care-about-net-neutrality-faq/
@Tom Another great point: ""intra-cloud" communications was exempt, for example, which could encourage providers to move the cloud on-ramp closer to the user to move more of the service out of the range of neutrality." It sounds like another example of how IT and the legal department need to stay friends.
It's possible that they've not considered it, Sara. The problem is that the concept of "Net neutrality" is overloaded by Internet service emotion, even though the actual impact of the FCC's order may well have been much broader and even much different. When the order was issued, I pointed out that "intra-cloud" communications was exempt, for example, which could encourage providers to move the cloud on-ramp closer to the user to move more of the service out of the range of neutrality. That was also not talked about much, but it was there.
Tom I've read a lot about net neutrality over the past couple weeks and I haven't seen anyone take such a different angle on it. So thanks for that. Do you think that anyone but you has considered the impact on VPNs?
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