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Regulating the CloudPolicy for Computing Infrastructure$
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Christopher S. Yoo and Jean-Francois Blanchette

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029407

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029407.001.0001

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Reliability and the Internet Cloud

Reliability and the Internet Cloud

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Regulating the Cloud

William Lehr

The MIT Press

The Internet is evolving from a best-effort, unregulated, data transport network overlaid on the legacy telephone network (or PSTN) into the global platform (the new PSTN) for a much more complex array of computing, storage and data transport services (the Internet Cloud). Policymakers confront numerous questions in crafting an appropriate market-based regulatory framework to protect the public interest with respect to the Internet's new role as essential socio-economic infrastructure. This chapter discusses the technical, business, and policy trends driving this transition, with special focus on the complex challenge of ensuring reliability in the Internet cloud.

Keywords:   Broadband, Internet, Reliability, Cloud Computing, PSTN, Telecommunications Regulation

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