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Net Neutrality Debate: Impact of Competition among ISPs

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  • François Boussion

    (ENS - Ecole Normale Supérieure [Paris 14e] - Ministère chargé de l'enseignement supérieur.)

  • Patrick Maillé

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    (RSM - Département Réseaux, Sécurité et Multimédia - Institut Mines-Télécom - Télécom Bretagne - Université Européenne de Bretagne (UEB))

  • Bruno Tuffin

    (INRIA - IRISA - DIONYSOS - INRIA - Université de Rennes 1 - CNRS : UMR6074)

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    Abstract

    Network neutrality has recently been the topic of an important debate, in both the telecommunication and political worlds, because of its potential impact in every-day life. While there has been many studies discussing the advantages and drawbacks of neutrality, there is no game-theoretical study dealing with the observable situation of competitive ISPs in front of a (quasi-)monopolistic content provider (CP), while it is a complaint from ISPs, and an illustration of the non-neutrality need. This paper provides a first game-theoretical analysis of relations between two competitive ISPs and a single CP, in the form of a four-level game, played at different time scales. This game is analyzed by backward induction. We show that while the complaint from ISPs is relevant with a such a competitive model, inserting side payments does not solve the problem.

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    Date of creation: 2012
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    Publication status: Published - Presented, COMSNETS 2012: 4th International Conference on Communication Systems and Networks, 2012, Bangalore, India
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    Keywords: Network neutrality; Competition; Pricing; Game theory;

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    1. Drew Fudenberg & Jean Tirole, 1991. "Game Theory," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262061414, January.
    2. Martin J Osborne & Ariel Rubinstein, 2009. "A Course in Game Theory," Levine's Bibliography 814577000000000225, UCLA Department of Economics.
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