A 'Third Way' on Network Neutrality

16 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2007

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Robert D. Atkinson

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Phil Weiser

University of Colorado Law School

Date Written: May 30, 2006


ITIF President Rob Atkinson and University of Colorado Professor of Law and Telecommunications Phil Weiser argue that the current state of the network neutrality debate denies the reasonable concerns articulated by each side and obscures the contours of a sensible solution. They outline those concerns, as well as the claims made by both sides that they believe are not factually correct or economically supportable. They then propose a three-part, "third-way" solution that allows incumbent broadband providers to offer managed broadband services, provided that they also offer a basic and growing open, non-discriminatory "best-efforts" Internet pipe to broadband consumers.

Keywords: information technology, public policy

Suggested Citation

Atkinson, Robert D. and Weiser, Phil, A 'Third Way' on Network Neutrality (May 30, 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1004522 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1004522

Robert D. Atkinson (Contact Author)

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation ( email )

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Phil Weiser

University of Colorado Law School ( email )

401 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
United States

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