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A Co-Regulatory Approach to Reasonable Network Management

Journal of Information Policy, Vol. 1, pp. 155-173, 2011

19 Pages Posted: 22 May 2011  

Aparna Watal

Australian National University - ANU College of Law

Date Written: May 17, 2011

Abstract

The author proposes that the FCC support the creation of an independent body under its supervision, composed of all stakeholders in the debate over “network neutrality” and “reasonable network management” to set and enforce norms and rules (co-regulation) related to traffic and content management issues. This proposal is grounded in the FCC’s authority under Section 201(b) of the Communications Act. This proposal is positioned as a middle-ground between no regulation and excessive regulation, to avert a bandwidth “tragedy of the commons.”

Keywords: Network Neutrality, Tragedy of the Commons, ISP, CAP, Content and Application Provider, Comcast, FCC, Federal Communications Commission, Neutral Network, Coregulation, Internet

JEL Classification: O38, O30, O33

Suggested Citation

Watal, Aparna, A Co-Regulatory Approach to Reasonable Network Management (May 17, 2011). Journal of Information Policy, Vol. 1, pp. 155-173, 2011 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1845043

Aparna Watal (Contact Author)

Australian National University - ANU College of Law ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

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