7 of the Top Technology Stories of 2017

By Laura Shumaker |   Dec 28, 2017 6:11:18 PM

From internet rules to sexual harassment: 2017 was a watershed year in technology

 

I think we can all agree that 2017 was a mind-boggling year for tech and tech culture. Here at Menlo Technologies we’ve identified 7 of the top stories of 2017.

   1.  The Repeal of Net Neutrality


Should all traffic on the internet be treated equally?

That’s the question at the heart of the debate over net neutrality, rules that the Federal Communications Commission voted to do away with earlier this month. The net neutrality regulations were instituted by the Obama Administration in 2015 and prohibited broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality service or certain content. In addition to scrapping those regulations, the federal government will also no longer regulate high-speed internet delivery as if it were a utility, like phone service.

The biggest worry about this turn of events?  That the internet will become a pay-to-play technology with two tiers: one that has speedy service and one that doesn’t. The high-speed lane would be populated by big internet and media companies. For public interest groups, nongovernmental organizations, charities and millions of private citizens, there would be the slow lane.

According to David S. Linthicum, a consultant at Cloud Technology Partners, the end of net neutrality will not affect companies with more than $1 billion in revenue. “Enterprises that use a particular cloud provider more than others can typically get dedicated lines installed from the enterprise to the cloud provider’s datacenter. That bypasses the effects of net neutrality’s elimination altogether.” 

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