Network Neutrality and its Potential Impact on Next Generation Networks

32 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2007

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Rob Frieden

Pennsylvania State University - Dickinson School of Law; Pennsylvania State University, Bellisario College of Communications and Penn State Law

Date Written: November 2007

Abstract

This paper will examine the network neutrality debate with an eye toward assessing how the Internet will evolve as a major platform for content access and distribution. The paper accepts as necessary and proper many types of price and quality of service discrimination, but also identifies other types of potentially hidden and harmful discrimination. The paper concludes with an identification of best practices in "good" discrimination that should satisfy most network neutrality goals without creating disincentives that might dissuade ISPs from building the infrastructure needed distribution of high bandwidth consuming content such as full motion video.

Keywords: network neutrality, next generation networks, content platforms

JEL Classification: K23, L82, L96

Suggested Citation

Frieden, Rob, Network Neutrality and its Potential Impact on Next Generation Networks (November 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1026635 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1026635

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