Will the loss neutrality rules affect cloud computing?

A federal court has struck down the FCC’s rules that prohibit Internet service providers (ISPs) from restricting access to legal Web content.  This could affect some cloud-based systems, such as those that deliver video streaming services.

“The ruling is the latest development in the long-running battle over net neutrality — the principle that all sites on the Internet be equally accessible. Net neutrality advocates want to preserve the Web’s status quo, in which providers such as Verizon and Time Warner Cable can’t auction off priority traffic rights to one site over another, or impose tolls for high-bandwidth sites such as video streamers Netflix and Hulu.”  Nextflix, for example, leverages AWS for their infrastructure.

The ruling means that there will be some tolls for these cloud services, thus the prices for subscribers could go up.  I don’t suspect that business will be impacted much.

However, some estimate that a few providers, such as Netflix, account for 60-70 percent of the Internet traffic at times.  The counter argument is that these few ISPs saturate the Internet with traffic.



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