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The Economics of Net Neutrality

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  • Hahn, Robert W.
  • Wallsten, Scott

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This essay examines the economics of "net neutrality" and broadband Internet access. We argue that mandating net neutrality would be likely to reduce economic welfare. Instead, the government should focus on creating competition in the broadband market by liberalizing more spectrum and reducing entry barriers created by certain local regulations. In cases where a broadband provider can exercise market power the government should use its antitrust enforcement authority to police anticompetitive behavior.

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Paper provided by Regulation2point0 in its series Working paper with number 65.

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Date of creation: Apr 2006
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Handle: RePEc:reg:wpaper:65

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  1. Krämer, Jan & Wiewiorra, Lukas, 2009. "Network neutrality and congestion sensitive content providers: Implications for content variety, broadband investment and regulation," MPRA Paper 42519, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 15 Jan 2012.
  2. Christiaan Hogendorn, 2006. "Broadband Internet: Net Neutrality versus Open Access," Working Papers 2006-09, Center for Network Industries and Infrastructure (CNI).
  3. Viktória Kocsis & Paul Bijl, 2007. "Network neutrality and the nature of competition between network operators," International Economics and Economic Policy, Springer, vol. 4(2), pages 159-184, August.
  4. repec:pra:mprapa:42457 is not listed on IDEAS
  5. Au, Man Ho, 2011. "Network neutrality: Hong Kong's perspectives," 8th Asia-Pacific Regional ITS Conference, Taipei 2011: Convergence in the Digital Age 52338, International Telecommunications Society (ITS).

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