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Economists' Statement on Network Neutrality Policy


William J. Baumol


New York University - Stern School of Business, Berkley Center for Entrepreneurial Studies; Leonard N. Stern School of Business - Department of Economics

Robert E. Litan


Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies

Martin E. Cave


University of Warwick - Warwick Business School; Brunel University

Peter Cramton


University of Maryland - Department of Economics

Robert W. Hahn


University of Oxford, Smith School; Georgetown University

Thomas W. Hazlett


George Mason University Dept. of Economics and School of Law

Paul L. Joskow


Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Economics

Alfred E. Kahn


Deceased - National Economic Research Associates Inc. (NERA)

John W. Mayo


Georgetown University - Department of Strategy/Economics/Ethics/Public Policy

Patrick A. Messerlin


Groupe d'Economie Mondiale at Sciences Po (GEM Paris)

Bruce M. Owen


Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)

Robert S. Pindyck


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Vernon L. Smith


Chapman University - Economic Science Institute; Chapman University School of Law

Scott Wallsten


Technology Policy Institute

Leonard Waverman


London Business School

Lawrence J. White


New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business; Leonard N. Stern School of Business - Department of Economics

Scott Savage


University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Economics

March 2007

AEI-Brookings Joint Center Working Paper No. RP07-08

Abstract:     
Network neutrality is a policy proposal that would regulate how network providers manage and price the use of their networks. Congress has introduced several bills on network neutrality. Proposed legislation generally would mandate that Internet service providers exercise no control over the content that flows over their lines and would bar providers from charging more for preferentially faster access to the Internet. These proposals must be considered carefully in light of the underlying economics. Our basic concern is that most proposals aimed at implementing net neutrality are likely to do more harm than good.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 7

Keywords: network neutrality, legislation, economics

JEL Classification: H00

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Date posted: March 28, 2007  

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Baumol, William J. and Litan, Robert E. and Cave, Martin E. and Cramton, Peter and Hahn, Robert W. and Hazlett, Thomas W. and Joskow, Paul L. and Kahn, Alfred E. and Mayo, John W. and Messerlin, Patrick A. and Owen, Bruce M. and Pindyck, Robert S. and Smith, Vernon L. and Wallsten, Scott and Waverman, Leonard and White, Lawrence J. and Savage, Scott, Economists' Statement on Network Neutrality Policy (March 2007). AEI-Brookings Joint Center Working Paper No. RP07-08. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=976889 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.976889

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William J. Baumol (Contact Author)
New York University - Stern School of Business, Berkley Center for Entrepreneurial Studies ( email )
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Leonard N. Stern School of Business - Department of Economics
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Robert E. Litan
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Martin E. Cave
University of Warwick - Warwick Business School ( email )
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Brunel University
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Peter C. Cramton
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Robert W. Hahn
University of Oxford, Smith School ( email )
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Georgetown University
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Thomas W. Hazlett
George Mason University Dept. of Economics and School of Law ( email )
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Paul L. Joskow
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Alfred E. Kahn
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John W. Mayo
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Patrick A. Messerlin
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Bruce M. Owen
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Chapman University School of Law ( email )
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Scott Wallsten
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Leonard Waverman
London Business School ( email )
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Lawrence J. White
New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business ( email )
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Leonard N. Stern School of Business - Department of Economics ( email )
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Scott Savage
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