IoT advocate, Jason Hope is a supporter of net neutrality, but how wonders how a regulated Internet will look under President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. “Everyone should have access to the internet, yet the landscape may change, especially for consumers with this new administration,” says Jason Hope.
The Internet Under Trump’s Administration
Net neutrality brought regulation to the internet, but according to Trump’s campaign plans, the FCC will have little to no jurisdiction. While the net neutrality rules are pretty popular right now, advocates like Jason Hope worry that this regulation stifles the creative process, not to mention funding to bolster infrastructure. A decade ago, net neutrality wasn’t a hot button topic, but bandwidth and data usage have become incendiary conversations. Add those topics to the popularity of IoT products, and a regulated internet is quickly scrutinized.
There are nearly 80 IoT or ‘Internet of Things’ items being connected in less that a minute, according to Cisco Systems, and they require a substantial amount of bandwidth. A deregulated internet would likely diminish the number of products consumers could properly connect. However, according to Jason Hope, ingenuity and creativity is stifled and when this occurs, opportunity and growth is affected.
Smart Home Products And Net Neutrality
There is no middle of the road right now. Both regulation and deregulation of the internet could spell trouble right now, unless all sides come together to work on what’s best for our future. Tech-savvy consumers are eyeing convenience and net neutrality could ultimately lead to digital confusion. “Consumers don’t want to worry about compatibility and data usage but the current net neutrality policies may lead to stressful protocols,” says Hope.
Many consumers have taken the wait-and-see approach before heavily investing in the smart home market, but the hospitality sector is seeing popularity growing. The Hilton and DoubleTree Hotels use smart scales in their minibars to track usage, and smartphones can be used to personalize and stock those minibars with guests favorites. Hotel guests can also personalize heating and a/c room temperatures in many hotels. “Convenient, simple, yet personalized are the buzzwords that consumers connect with, and these smart products are gaining awareness,” says Hope.
Jason Hope, the Arizona-based futurist, inventor, entrepreneur has a passion for current and future IoT preferences. This passion translates into time, money and research in several disciplines, including scientific and medical research, biotechnology and a range of other causes. Not only does Hope donate his own money, but he helps line up funding that is highly effective. According to Hope, “Expanding interoperability will deliver a simplified experience for the consumer, and eventually the smart household will become a seamless routine.”
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