The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 along party lines today to end net neutrality regulations -- more specifically, to repeal the Open Internet Order passed in 2015 and replace it with a new Restoring Internet Freedom Order.
The new rule returns broadband to its classification as a Title I information service, and removes so-called "bright line rules" prohibiting Internet service providers from blocking, throttling or giving preferential treatment to traffic through paid prioritization.
The decision was expected, but it triggered an uproar from net neutrality advocates who believe the decision is against the public interest, and will lead to pay-for-play delivery of content on the web.
But Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai says the Internet doesn't need utility-style regulation, and the earlier Open Internet Order led to decreased broadband investment, a conclusion that's much debated.
Light Reading founder Steve Saunders talks with VMware's Shekar Ayyar, who explains why cloud architectures are becoming more distributed, what that means for workloads, and why telcos can still be significant cloud services players.
A CSP's digital transformation involves so much more than technology. Crucial – and often most challenging – is the cultural transformation that goes along with it. As Sigma's Chief Technology Officer, Catherine Michel has extensive experience with technology as she leads the company's entire product portfolio and strategy. But she's also no stranger to merging technology and culture, having taken a company — Tribold — from inception to acquisition (by Sigma in 2013), and she continues to advise service providers on how to drive their own transformations. This impressive female leader and vocal advocate for other women in the industry will join Women in Comms for a live radio show to discuss all things digital transformation, including the cultural transformation that goes along with it.