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The Death of Net Neutrality?

December 15, 2008
at 12:00 pm PST

I ran across an interesting article in the Dec 15 Wall Street Journal on Google’s attempts to negotiate a “fast lane” with service providers for its content. The same article also notes that both Microsoft and Yahoo have softened their support for net neutrality. First of all, what do you think about net neutrality--the death of the internet or is it necessary to fund the next round of investment--do you even care? Second, what are the implications for cloud computing? I can think of a couple of scenarios:1) “Fast lane” type SLAs will give businesses the comfort level they need to try moving workloads into the cloud--similarly, more bankable transport will accelerate federated or intra-cloud movement of workloads2) The incremental costs of “fast lane” transport will weaken the ROI of cloud computing and slow things downCertainly, Google’s plan to co-lo at the edge should open up some interesting options and would seem to force the hand of the other players.

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