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Network Neutrality and Congestion Sensitive Content Providers: Implications for Content Variety, Broadband Investment and Regulation


Jan Kraemer


Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Lukas Wiewiorra


Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

2012

Information Systems Research (December 2012 vol. 23 no. 4, 1303-1321)

Abstract:     
We study departures from network neutrality through implementing a Quality of Service tiering regime in which an ISP charges for prioritization on a non-discriminatory basis. We find that Quality of Service tiering may be more efficient in the short run, because it better allocates the existing network capacity, and in the long run, because it provides higher investment incentives due to the increased demand for priority services by the entry of new congestion sensitive content providers. Which network regime is the most efficient depends on the distribution of congestion sensitivity among content providers, but a guideline is that the regime that provides higher incentives for infrastructure investments is more efficient in the long run.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 36

Keywords: Telecommunications, Internet, Net Neutrality, Quality of Service, Content Variety, Investment, Regulation, Minimum Quality Standards

JEL Classification: D4, L12, L43, L51, L52, L96

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Date posted: August 5, 2009 ; Last revised: October 28, 2013

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Kraemer, Jan and Wiewiorra, Lukas, Network Neutrality and Congestion Sensitive Content Providers: Implications for Content Variety, Broadband Investment and Regulation (2012). Information Systems Research (December 2012 vol. 23 no. 4, 1303-1321). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1444423 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1444423

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Jan Kraemer (Contact Author)
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ( email )
Institute of Information Systems and Management
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Karlsruhe, 76131
Germany
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HOME PAGE: http://www.kraemer.biz
Lukas Wiewiorra
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ( email )
Englerstr. 14
Karlsruhe, DE Baden Württemberg 76131
Germany
HOME PAGE: http://www.im.uni-karlsruhe.de/wiewiorra
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