Identifying Harm to the Best Efforts Internet

28 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2015

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J. Scott Marcus

Bruegel; European University Institute - Florence School of Regulation; The Japanese Institute of Global Communications (J.I. GLOCOM)

Martin Waldburger

WIK-Consult GmbH

Date Written: June 29, 2015

Abstract

How are regulators to ensure that public Internet access services (continue to) provide good service to consumers, despite possible incentives on the part of network operators to act otherwise? Many express concerns that Internet traffic management and prioritisation might somehow motivate network operators to degrade non-prioritised traffic, thus turning the best efforts Internet (however defined) into a “dirt road” of poor capacity and quality. National regulators might well be obliged in the near future to assess whether this is in fact the case. How realistic is this fear? How are regulators to make this determination in practice? What pragmatic considerations come into play?

Suggested Citation

Marcus, J. Scott and Waldburger, Martin, Identifying Harm to the Best Efforts Internet (June 29, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2624604 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2624604

J. Scott Marcus (Contact Author)

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European University Institute - Florence School of Regulation ( email )

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The Japanese Institute of Global Communications (J.I. GLOCOM) ( email )

Japan

Martin Waldburger

WIK-Consult GmbH ( email )

Rhöndorfer Str. 68
Bad Honnef, 53604
Germany

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