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Wither U.S. Net Neutrality Regulation?

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  • Michael L. Katz

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Abstract I examine the (lack of) economic logic that underlies the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s latest iteration of network neutrality regulations. I explore potential unintended consequences and find a substantial tension between the regulations and the objective of promoting consumer choice and sovereignty. I also identify market developments that could largely neutralize the regulations unless they are expanded to constrain Internet access providers’ actions further.

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  • Michael L. Katz, 2017. "Wither U.S. Net Neutrality Regulation?," Review of Industrial Organization, Springer;The Industrial Organization Society, vol. 50(4), pages 441-468, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:revind:v:50:y:2017:i:4:d:10.1007_s11151-017-9573-0
    DOI: 10.1007/s11151-017-9573-0
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