A recent order for Internet broadband service providers adopted in February by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission may have large scale implications not only from a data management position, but also from a network security standpoint. At the very least, ruling may offset potential overhead cost escalations that the alternative may have caused for many U.S. businesses.
In short, February’s ruling is intended to ensure that networks are fast, fair and open. They prohibit carriers from blocking or grooming traffic on their networks based on content or the content provider, while at the same time allowing legitimate network management.
One of the argument carriers have used on opposing such a ruling is that classifying and limiting traffic for some applications, such as those classified as bandwidth intensive, is necessary for proper network management. Bandwidth intensive applications are commonly streaming media applications and services.
On the data management side, the new FCC rules will put a premium on the ability of carriers to understand their traffic and manage their networks without crossing the boundaries established by regulators. This will include the need to manage and optimize network traffic flows.
Additionally, carriers must also effectively use customer usage data generated by these traffic flows to ensure they retain a competitive advantage. Despite the fact that the Federal courts have twice ruled that FCC did not have authority to regulate broadband services under this classification, the new ruling could cause significant changes since broadband network services have effectively been reclassified as telecommunications services.
This opens the authority for the commission to fully regulate broadband companies. This regulation could include cybersecurity regulations centered on processes and procedures that help improve the monitoring, detection and remediation of potential network breaches.
Ultimately to the business and consumer, this regulation decreases the potential costs that the alternative could have amounted to. With this ruling, the end user gets to decide how to use the bandwidth he or she pays for. This is intended to foster the growth of new online content and services.
Importantly, the recent ruling on net neutrality provides significant impact on the typical offerings of domestic small businesses and U.S. universities. As organizations like Universities for example, move from less print and more interactive, digital, and personalization, the need for decent bandwidth increases significantly. This ruling ensures that domestic institutions like colleges, which are traditional bandwidth hogs, can continue to provide value to their students without adding costs associated with bandwidth speeds or volume.
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