FCC repeals net neutrality: What it means for IT

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal net neutrality last month, causing a stir for anyone who uses the Internet – so, pretty much everyone.

There’s been a lot of talk about how the repeal might affect everyday consumers, but what’s in the cards for businesses and their IT departments?

While there’s no timeline yet for the end of net neutrality, it’s important to start preparing for the changes the new rules might bring.

One of the main concerns for IT with the net neutrality repeal is cloud computing, according to Hewlett Packard.

Without the FCC’s regulations, Internet service providers (ISPs) could slow down access to the cloud for businesses that compete with their own services. Since more and more companies are moving toward the cloud, this could mean big trouble.

Cloud accessibility

Companies with deep pockets could probably afford to pay ISPs to keep their clouds accessible, but smaller businesses might not have that luxury.

“If ISPs get to choose which applications and clouds work better than others in terms of access, speed and latency, they will control the cloud future,” said former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler. I

If bandwidth speeds become an issue, IT departments will be forced to spend time and money developing solutions and new structures to combat the problem.

The FCC’s vote is not the last word on net neutrality, however. Congress has the power to reverse the ruling, and multiple organizations have announced plans to sue the FCC. But for now, the end of net neutrality is on its way.