Five Neglected Issues About Network Neutrality

12 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2013  

Pierre Larouche

Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC); College of Europe - Bruges; Tilburg University - Tilburg Law School; Center on Regulation in Europe (CERRE)

Date Written: December 30, 2012

Abstract

From the vast and on-going network neutrality discussion, this contribution picks five neglected issues, which could affect the terms of the debate. After a brief introduction to the state of play in the EU (1.), it deals with market definition as it relates to the relationship between the ISP on the customer side and the content provider (2.), with the ability of competition law to deal with blocking and discrimination (3.), with the applicability of sector-specific regulation, more specifically the SMP regime found in EU electronic communications law (4.), with the introduction of differentiated Quality of Service (QoS) offerings (5.) and finally, with the internal market dimension of network neutrality (6.).

Keywords: Network neutrality, blocking, discrimination, differentiated Quality of Service, managed services, internal market

JEL Classification: K21, K23, L42, L96

Suggested Citation

Larouche, Pierre, Five Neglected Issues About Network Neutrality (December 30, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2234608 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2234608

Pierre Larouche (Contact Author)

Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) ( email )

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College of Europe - Bruges ( email )

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Tilburg University - Tilburg Law School ( email )

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Center on Regulation in Europe (CERRE) ( email )

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Brussels, 1040
Belgium

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