22 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2011 Last revised: 23 Apr 2013
Date Written: November 29, 2011
Net Neutrality has become the focus of attention in the regulatory debate on the Internet. This article attempts to strip down the debate to its bare essential. It identifies two main types of Net Neutrality obligations that have been put forward and assesses what type of potential concerns they may be designed to address. It concludes that while some of these concerns may be important it remains doubtful (at least in Europe) that an ex ante per se rule, such as those proposed under the Net Neutrality term, is the best way to address them.
Keywords: internet, two-sided markets, product differentiation, foreclosure, bottleneck monopoly
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