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The net neutrality debate continues to provide plenty of fodder for consumers, businesses, carriers, over the top (OTT) providers and pundits to argue the points of Internet openness, competition (or lack thereof) and blocking and favoring on the part of Internet service providers (ISPs). Much of the discussion tends to end up debating the impact of net neutrality on Internet openness. This is interesting since in the U.S. government has not enacted legislation to actually define and require Internet openness or to specify what level of non-openness is acceptable, if any. So openness is a concept without legal definition or backing, which means that individual opinions vary on what constitutes fettering and what doesn't. And it was attempts by the FCC to fill this gap with the Open Internet Order that triggered the court action on net neutrality. The net neutralit... (more)

SDN: Evolution to Special Purpose Clouds Challenges Traditional OSS/BSS

In just a few short recent years the idea of software-defined networks (SDN) has moved from a theoretical academic concept to a real-life practical proposition for making the world's telecommunications networks more efficient, cost-effective, easier to manage and resilient. The SDN concept really started to take shape around 2008 [1], Google and Facebook have already implemented important features of SDN in their own networks. Now most major carriers are planning to move in the SDN direction, for example Deutsche Telekom [2, 3] and more recently AT&T [3] to reduce high operationa... (more)

Net Neutrality, Internet of Things and Google: Three Forces Colliding

In the last blog, we started the discussion about where the Internet is headed and why this is relevant to the topic of net neutrality. The best way to map the future of the Internet may be to look at the kinds of things that interest a company like Google these days as part of its mission to be the repository of all the information in the world about everyone. In the last year or so, Google has acquired at least eight companies in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence. Then, the Nest acquisition brings intelligent home automation into the fold. Google's Android OS is... (more)

Nice Idea, But You Can’t Do It That Way - Cloud Billing Through the Fog

A recent Forbes article by Andrew Dailey at MGi Research reinforces the importance of "agile billing" to businesses that are serious about creating new revenue streams, meeting customers' needs and doing it fast and well. The term agile is a good description of what businesses need from their billing systems in order to meet these challenges. At MetraTech, we've been an agile billing solution from day one with our "metadata-based" approach, which is what makes MetraNet flexible and responsive as well as business model and industry agnostic. So "agile" is a good description of how ... (more)

Facebook and Google: The Race for the Next-Gen Communications Platform

In Part 1, I looked at what could be behind Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp and subsequent purchase of Oculus Rift. How are these seemingly different acquisitions related? There is no question that both Facebook and Google are in a race to build the next-generation computing/communications platform (after mobile) and the battle lines are being drawn between the over-the-top (OTT) players and telecommunications companies. After all, both Facebook and Google count on telcos to deliver services to their customer base. How will the WhatsApp and Oculus Rift acquisitions shape Faceb... (more)