In my last blog, I discussed how today’s Internet is vastly different than the Internet envisioned at the start of the net neutrality debate. As promised, I’d now like to get into some fictional examples that paint the picture of why this is such a polarizing topic for so many.
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.
In the ongoing debate over net neutrality, brought to the forefront this past week by the Netflix, Comcast, Verizon deal, there is now increasing dialogue about what could happen if some form of real blocking and favoring starts to happen. For some this is the nightmare scenario: only popular and profitable services get capacity, because they can afford to pay. Rates go up significantly and niche applications are blocked or relegated to the slow lane. When you sign on with an internet service provider (ISP), you will then get access to only the restricted portfolio of services offered by the ISP. It will be just like signing on to a cable company and getting just the programming the cable company has chosen. What else should we expect?
As you may be aware, here at MetraTech we’re very interested in the way that Internet of things (IoT) is evolving. After all, deploying new services enabled by IoT is a unique strength of MetraNet®, our billing and settlement platform. We are already participating in the IoT and are really looking forward to a future in which billions of devices interact, acting as agents for people and for each other in increasingly complex value chains. We are well placed to help businesses monetize these connections and new services by providing accurate and auditable billing and settlement for the simplest to the most complex of environments.
As is to be expected, the first couple of days of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) were all about keynotes, mainly from service providers. On Wednesday, February 26th, the technology vendors got a chance to tell us how they see the future shaping up.