REGULATION AND THE PERFORMANCE OF COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION NETWORKS, Gerry Faulhaber, Gary Madden, Jeffrey Petchey, eds., Edward Elgar, Forthcoming
21 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2010
Date Written: June 29, 2010
Proposals for network neutrality are usually justified at least in part based on positive spillovers and externalities related to an “open” Internet. Almost everyone would agree that the Internet generates a great many positive benefits throughout the economy, but there is much less agreement as to whether these benefits are “spillovers” or “externalities” in an economic sense. The answer to that question has significant implications for whether regulation is justified and how it should be designed. This essay examines three sources of benefits from the Internet - general purpose technology, network effects, and innovation - and evaluates whether they could in fact be reduced by private, potentially non-neutral behavior by ISPs.
Keywords: network neutrality, externalities, spillovers
JEL Classification: L51, L96
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Hogendorn, Christiaan, Spillovers and Network Neutrality (June 29, 2010). REGULATION AND THE PERFORMANCE OF COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION NETWORKS, Gerry Faulhaber, Gary Madden, Jeffrey Petchey, eds., Edward Elgar, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1632491 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1632491