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Network Neutrality and the Evolution of the Internet

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  • Knieps, Günter
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    In order to create incentives for Internet traffic providers not to discriminate with respect to certain applications on the basis of network capacity requirements, the concept of market driven network neutrality is introduced. Its basic characteristics are that all applications are bearing the opportunity costs of the required traffic capacities. An economic framework for market driven network neutrality in broadband Internet is provided, consisting of congestion pricing and quality of service differentiation. However, network neutrality regulation with its reference point of the traditional TCP would result in regulatory micromanagement of traffic network management. --

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    Paper provided by International Telecommunications Society (ITS) in its series 21st European Regional ITS Conference, Copenhagen 2010: Telecommunications at new crossroads - Changing value configurations, user roles, and regulation with number 19.

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    Date of creation: 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:zbw:itse10:19

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    Keywords: Broadband Internet; network neutrality; quality of service differentiation; congestion pricing; interclass externality pricing; interconnection agreements;

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