There's No Economic Imperative to Reconsider an Open Internet

8 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2013

Date Written: April 3, 2013


The debate on the neutrality of Internet access isn’t new, and if its intensity varies over time, it has for a long while tainted the relationship between Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Online Service Providers (OSPs). This paper explores the economic relationship between these two types of players, examines in laymen's terms how the traffic can be routed efficiently and the associated cost of that routing. The paper then assesses various arguments in support of net discrimination to conclude that there is no threat to the internet economy such that reconsidering something as precious as an open internet would be necessary.

Keywords: net neutrality, net discrimination, traffic management, transit, peering, CDN, content delivery, network

JEL Classification: L96, K23

Suggested Citation

Felten, Benoît, There's No Economic Imperative to Reconsider an Open Internet (April 3, 2013). Available at SSRN: or

Benoît Felten (Contact Author)

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