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Nuts and Bolts of Network Neutrality

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  • Felten, Edward W.
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    Network neutrality is a vexing issue. Proponents of neutrality regulation argue that the free, innovative Internet of today is threatened and government action is needed to protect it. Opponents argue that regulation is not needed, or will be flawed in practice, or is a bad idea even in principle.One of the reasons the network neutrality debate is so murky is that relatively few people understand the mechanics of network discrimination. In reasoning about net neutrality it helps to understand the technical motivations for discrimination, the various kinds of discrimination and how they would actually be put into practice, and what countermeasures would then be available to users and regulators. These are what I want to explain in this essay. It's not my goal to answer every question about net neutrality, that would require a book, not an essay. What I want to do is fill in some of the technical background in a way that illuminates the core issues, in the hope of providing a little clarity to the discussion.

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    Paper provided by Regulation2point0 in its series Working paper with number 127.

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    Date of creation: Aug 2006
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    1. Grove, Nico & Agic, Damir & Sedlmeir, Joachim, 2012. "Network neutrality and consumer discrimination: Comparing ISP's GTCs and DPI application," 23rd European Regional ITS Conference, Vienna 2012 60403, International Telecommunications Society (ITS).

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