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Serious question: Who will win the ‘race to zero’ in the cloud?

As the public-cloud market enters its adolescence, the pervasive concept of a “race to zero” has created an impression that only the established leviathans can compete in the space. On their path to dominance the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Compute Engine, and Microsoft Azure gobble up nascent software-as-a-service startups and lesser infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service providers as they aggressively drive down costs and make it seem unattractive for customers to not be in the cloud. Google’s latest round of price cuts on an array of services and applications have reaffirmed this popularly held belief.

Mark Cuban does not like what he sees here.

Mark Cuban disagrees with me about net neutrality

After publishing my recent statement of support for the vague but indispensable notion of “net neutrality,” I heard from entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who disagrees strongly. Here’s a lightly edited version of our exchange.