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Market driven network neutrality and the fallacies of Internet traffic quality regulation

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In the U.S. paying for priority arrangements between Internet access service providers and Internet application providers to favor some traffic over other traf-fic is considered unreasonable discrimination. In Europe the focus is on mini-mum traffic quality requirements. It can be shown that neither market power nor universal service arguments can justify traffic quality regulation. In particular, heterogeneous demand for traffic quality for delay sensitive versus delay insen-sitive applications requires traffic quality differentiation, priority pricing and evolutionary development of minimal traffic qualities.

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  • Knieps, Günter, 2011. "Market driven network neutrality and the fallacies of Internet traffic quality regulation," Discussion Papers 136, University of Freiburg, Institute for Transport Economics and Regional Policy.
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    1. Knieps, Günter, 2014. "Competition and third party access in railroads," Discussion Papers 150, University of Freiburg, Institute for Transport Economics and Regional Policy.
    2. Knieps, Günter & Stocker, Volker, 2014. "Market driven network neutrality and the fallacy of a two-tiered Internet traffic regulation," Discussion Papers 149, University of Freiburg, Institute for Transport Economics and Regional Policy.
    3. Vogelsang Ingo, 2013. "The Endgame of Telecommunications Policy? A Survey," Review of Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 64(3), pages 193-270, December.
    4. Knieps, Günter & Stocker, Volker, 2014. "The fallacies of regulatory market splits: Network neutrality regulation ante portas," Discussion Papers 151, University of Freiburg, Institute for Transport Economics and Regional Policy.

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