Most people in the industry thought it was coming but when the news broke on Thursday that the FCC had voted in favor of classifying US fixed and mobile broadband as telecom services under Title II of the Communications Act, imposing net neutrality rules as part of the process, it was still a "wow" moment.
The Light Reading team reacted quickly with this coverage of the US regulator's decision:
Re: The day after craigleddy, agreed about where the real "wow" will take place. It may be a tempest in a teapot or a true transformation - that remains in the domain of who and how the rollout decisions are made. Having said that though, the "wow" is the door that has been opened to make potentially major decisions that frame the markets of the future.
The Day After The day after, I can't decide if the FCC decision really marks a Wow Moment or a So What? Despite the historic reclassfication, it remains to be seen how legal challenges to the rules play out or how potential FCC enforcement actions under the rules will determine the amount of teeth that they have. So many more chapters to come...
The optical components specialist had its world turned upside down by the US ban on selling tech to Huawei. Can it regain its feet? Might it even get swallowed up in further components sector consolidation?
The big noise in Barcelona was, of course, anything and everything to do with 5G, but in the background there were signs that some companies are embracing the potential of the public cloud as they determine their next-generation technology and services strategies.