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Network neutrality and the evolution of the internet

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  • Günter Knieps

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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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  • Günter Knieps, 2011. "Network neutrality and the evolution of the internet," International Journal of Management and Network Economics, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 2(1), pages 24-38.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijmnec:v:2:y:2011:i:1:p:24-38
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    Cited by:

    1. Juan RENDON SCHNEIR, 2012. "Quality of Service in Cost Models," Communications & Strategies, IDATE, Com&Strat dept., vol. 1(87), pages 135-153, 3rd quart.
    2. Stocker, Volker, 2013. "On the weal and woe of internet traffic management in Europe: A critical appraisal from a network economic perspective," 24th European Regional ITS Conference, Florence 2013 88542, International Telecommunications Society (ITS).

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