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Net Neutrality Dead – For Now?

| April 6, 2010 | Industry News, Managed File Transfer

As most IT folks already know, “Net Neutrality” was dealt a blow today in federal court.  ( http://www.suntimes.com/technology/2143440,comcast-fcc-net-neutrality-040610.article )

This has impact on the file transfer industry, as some carriers could now consider non-HTTP/S protocols such as FTP, SSH, FTPS and AS3 as non-core or superfluous and work to throttle or block these protocols.   In fact, the root case was around the innovative file transfer protocol used by BitTorrent.

Opinion on the ruling is mixed, but there is an equally healthy debate about whether or not it will stand.  One possible course the FCC may take is to reclassify high-speed Internet as a more regulated class of communications; essentially allowing the FCC to reassert Net Neutrality at that point.

But for now, Net Neutrality is dead – stay tuned.

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