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The Economics of Net Neutrality: Policy Issues

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  • Ionela Baltatescu

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Although the net neutrality debate dates back to 2000s, it received recently renewed attention from IT specialists, broadband operators, content service providers and not ultimately from civil rights activists and policy makers. In this context the study of the impact of net neutrality regulations on the broadband market development is of great interest. The present article outlines the main pros and cons in the net neutrality debate and provides a synthetic analysis of net neutrality key problems and policy issues. Based on a relevant literature review, it gives an account of the potential economic impact of net neutrality regulations. The intended contribution of the present research is to provide additional arguments against price control on the ISPs market, emphasizing at the same time the role of increased transparency and increased competition between broadband operators in securing an open internet.

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  • Ionela Baltatescu, 2014. "The Economics of Net Neutrality: Policy Issues," Knowledge Horizons - Economics, Faculty of Finance, Banking and Accountancy Bucharest,"Dimitrie Cantemir" Christian University Bucharest, vol. 6(2), pages 114-118, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:khe:journl:v:6:y:2014:i:2:p:114-118
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    1. Krämer, Jan & Wiewiorra, Lukas & Weinhardt, Christof, 2013. "Net neutrality: A progress report," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(9), pages 794-813.
    2. Robin S. Lee & Tim Wu, 2009. "Subsidizing Creativity through Network Design: Zero-Pricing and Net Neutrality," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 23(3), pages 61-76, Summer.
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    Keywords

    Net neutrality; internet service providers; content service providers; internet users; economics of net neutrality; net neutrality regulation;

    JEL classification:

    • L86 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Information and Internet Services; Computer Software
    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation
    • E64 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Incomes Policy; Price Policy

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