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The Economics of Net Neutrality

Robert W. Hahn

University of Oxford, Smith School; Georgetown University

Scott Wallsten

Technology Policy Institute

April 2006

AEI-Brookings Joint Center Working Paper No. RP06-13

This essay examines the economics of "net neutrality" and broadband Internet access. We argue that mandating net neutrality would be likely to reduce economic welfare. Instead, the government should focus on creating competition in the broadband market by liberalizing more spectrum and reducing entry barriers created by certain local regulations. In cases where a broadband provider can exercise market power the government should use its antitrust enforcement authority to police anticompetitive behavior.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 9

Keywords: net neutrality, broadband, government

JEL Classification: H00

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Date posted: November 9, 2006  

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Hahn, Robert W. and Wallsten, Scott, The Economics of Net Neutrality (April 2006). AEI-Brookings Joint Center Working Paper No. RP06-13. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=943757 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.943757

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Robert W. Hahn (Contact Author)
University of Oxford, Smith School ( email )
United Kingdom
Georgetown University
Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy
Washington, DC 20057
United States
Scott Wallsten
Technology Policy Institute ( email )
1401 Eye St. NW
Suite 505
Washington, DC 20005
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.wallsten.net
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