My esteemed colleague and good friend Tom Howarth has posted about the recent FCC decision here in the US. Tom articulated an opening statement that is worth repeating:
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On February 26 in a groundbreaking announcement, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) agreed in a 3 – 2 vote to recognize the rights of two southern US cities (Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Wilson, North Carolina) to build their own publicly owned high-speed Internet networks in areas where incumbents had refused to invest in modern infrastructure to support high-speed broadband connectivity.
Having twice been told by federal courts that the FCC does not have the authority to regulate the Internet in the same manner in which it regulates voice communications (that quaint POTS service that ran over phone lines), the FCC is now back with an attempt to impose net neutrality within the bounds defined by the courts.
In July 2009 I wrote an article entitled Cloud Computing Providers — are they content providers or carriers? and in January of 2011 Chuck Hollis wrote an article Verizon To Acquire Terremark — You Shouldn’t Be Surprised. Now with the Terremark acquisition almost complete and RSA Conference 2011 also over, at which I talked to Terremark about the benefits of belonging to Verizon, a picture is starting to emerge. Yes, my predictions in 2009 make sense and still hold forth today, but is there more of an impact than we realize?