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With the appointment of Ajit Pai as the new FCC chairman and his public opposition to current regulations, the death of net neutrality is likely upon us. As a result, an internet toll road and higher costs for more data is probably in your future.

The impact on businesses is more complex. For example, the key to success for a cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) solution like Salesforce and an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution like NetSuite is ever-increasing subscription volume. And as volume increases, so does the amount of data transferred in the data centre.

How will these companies adapt to utilisation-based internet charging? Will they increase their fees, institute their own utilisation-based charge models?

Then you have a number of IoT cloud providers, such as Amazon and Microsoft, vying to mine business device and machine data for business value. Given that one of the major value propositions of these types of cloud services is high-volume data ingestion, the amount of network utilisation at the data centres hosting these IoT services could become staggering.

To help businesses deal more effectively with the cost of internet toll roads, vendors will need to introduce new software technology and features, such as increased monitoring and governance intelligence.

For example, increased data throughput monitoring and reporting, and possibly throttling, will become critically important so businesses can govern and balance their network utilisations.

Are you ready for the internet of toll roads?