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Network Neutrality, Search Neutrality, and the Never-ending Conflict between Efficiency and Fairness in Markets

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  • Odlyzko Andrew

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    Historical precedents suggest that the basic issues underlying the debate about network neutrality, dealing with the balance between efficiency and fairness in markets, will never be resolved. Should net neutrality dominate, attention would likely turn to other parts of the economy that might be perceived as choke points for economic activities, such as Net search. Traditionally, the balance between efficiency and fairness that was struck by policy makers depended heavily on cost considerations. When a service was expensive to provide, fairness was deemphasized. In the current discussion of network neutrality, this issue appears to be unduly neglected.

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    Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal Review of Network Economics.

    Volume (Year): 8 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 1-21

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    Handle: RePEc:bpj:rneart:v:8:y:2009:i:1:n:4

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    1. Daeho Lee & Junseok Hwang, 2011. "The Effect of Network Neutrality on the Incentive to Discriminate, Invest and Innovate: A Literature Review," TEMEP Discussion Papers 201184, Seoul National University; Technology Management, Economics, and Policy Program (TEMEP), revised Nov 2011.
    2. Bauer, Johannes M. & Shim, Woohyun, 2012. "Regulation and digital innovation: Theory and evidence," 23rd European Regional ITS Conference, Vienna 2012 60364, International Telecommunications Society (ITS).

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