20 November 2009
Regulation and cloud computing
This item over at the Tech Liberation blog got me thinking about regulation and cloud computing. Given the underlying economies of scale and scope, it seems to me to be almost certain that we'll see concentration in the market for cloud services. Thus, is it too soon to be thinking about marketplace rules for cloud computing? After all, we haven't seen serious market abuses (that I know of). If so, is the FCC the right agency to do this? As the article points out, there is no real statutory authority to do so. On the other hand, cloud computing is a deep integration between processing and communication to provide a service, so it is easy to see how they might be tempted to move in this direction. Where would you draw the line between communications and processing in cloud computing?