Network Policy and Economic Doctrines
The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, October 2010
25 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2010 Last revised: 22 Apr 2013
Date Written: October 4, 2010
Disagreements over how to craft Internet policy have become more and more contentious and political. Beyond the technical and engineering aspects are economic questions. The points of view of various stakeholders and participants on such matters as privacy, net neutrality, copyright and other issues stem from four major economic philosophies: conservative neo-classical, liberal neo-classical, neo-Keynesian and innovation economics.
In this paper presented at the 2010 Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, ITIF President Robert D. Atkinson analyzes how prevailing economic philosophies drive approaches to network policy in four key areas: broadband competition, net neutrality, copyright and privacy.
Keywords: internet, economic doctrines, telecommunications, privacy, net neutrality, copyright, broadband
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