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Internet access and investment incentives for broadband service providers


  • Edmond Baranes
  • Jean-Christophe Poudou


This paper studies a model of the Internet broadband market as a platform in order to show how di¤erent pricing schemes from the so-called "net neutrality " can increase economic e¢ ciency by allowing more investment of access providers and enhancing consumers surplus and social welfare. We show that departing from the "net neutrality", where at rates are used, introducing termination fees can increase incentives to invest for the ISP and enhance social surplus. Keywords : Network neutrality, Flat rates, Termination fees.

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  • Edmond Baranes & Jean-Christophe Poudou, 2011. "Internet access and investment incentives for broadband service providers," Working Papers 11-09, LAMETA, Universtiy of Montpellier, revised Apr 2011.
  • Handle: RePEc:lam:wpaper:11-09

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    1. Benjamin E. Hermalin & Michael L. Katz, 2004. "Sender or Receiver: Who Should Pay to Exchange an Electronic Message?," RAND Journal of Economics, The RAND Corporation, vol. 35(3), pages 423-447, Autumn.
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    1. Peñas-de Pablo, José Miguel & Portilla-Figueras, José Antonio & Navío-Marco, Julio & Salcedo-Sanz, Sancho, 2015. "Identifying Telecommunication strategies and investment Opportunities in Latin American Countries Based on Clustering Analysis," 26th European Regional ITS Conference, Madrid 2015 127175, International Telecommunications Society (ITS).

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    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation
    • L86 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Information and Internet Services; Computer Software
    • L96 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Telecommunications

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