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U.S. Net Neutrality: Gartner’s Take on Its Impact on Enterprises

By Lisa Pierce | July 07, 2015 | 0 Comments

Around the world, a handful of countries have enacted net neutrality regulation. In the US, the FCC’s Open Internet Order took effect on June 12. Although the Order intends to exempt enterprise Broadband use, it’s impossible to divide the US Internet infrastructure along a consumer vs. business divide.

Think about it:
1. Many small stores and offices use whatever kind of Broadband Internet Access they can find (whether consumer or business-class).
2. According to GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com, 3.3 million U.S. employees are regular telecommuters. In addition, 2.8 million of the self-employed work from home.
3. And what about the $492 Billion of U.S. business-to-consumer e-commerce purchases this year? All those transactions also use mobile and fixed Broadband Internet access. http://www.statista.com/statistics/241389/b2c-e-commerce-sales-in-the-united-states/

Regardless of what the FCC says it intended, these facts clearly demonstrate the Order will impact businesses and investors. Interested clients should review the following recent Gartner research:
• Enterprise Clients: Enterprises Can Successfully Navigate Net Neutrality http://gartner.com/document/278281
• Gartner Research Invest Community Vision: FCC Opponents Fight Back as Net Neutrality Advances http://gartner.com/document/276386

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