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Service Architecture and Content Provision: The Network Provider as Editor

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  • Jeff MacKie-Mason
  • Scott Shenker
  • Hal Varian

There are at least two competing visions for the future National Information Infrastructure. One model is based on the application-blind architecture of the Internet; the other is based on the application- aware architecture of cable TV systems and online services. Awareness is the extent to which the network provider observes the application or content being transported. We examine some consequences of these different network architectures for content provision. For example, we ask why some network architectures favor mass market vs. niche goods, and examine conflicts between network providers and users.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Microeconomics with number 9601002.

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Date of creation: 26 Jan 1996
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpmi:9601002
Note: Type of Document - Compressed Postscript; prepared on Unix TeX; to print on PostScript; figures: included
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