Net Neutrality: A Fast Lane to Understanding the Trade-Offs

32 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2016

See all articles by Shane M. Greenstein

Shane M. Greenstein

Harvard University - Technology & Operations Management Unit; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Martin Peitz

University of Mannheim - Department of Economics

Tommaso M. Valletti

Imperial College Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: January 2016

Abstract

The “net neutrality” principle has triggered a heated debate and advocates have proposed policy interventions. In this paper, we provide perspective by framing issues in terms of the positive economic factors at work. We stress the incentives of market participants, and highlight the economic conflicts behind the arguments put forward by the different parties. We also identify several key open questions.

Suggested Citation

Greenstein, Shane M. and Peitz, Martin and Valletti, Tommaso M., Net Neutrality: A Fast Lane to Understanding the Trade-Offs (January 2016). NBER Working Paper No. w21950. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2725761

Shane M. Greenstein (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Technology & Operations Management Unit ( email )

Boston, MA 02163
United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Martin Peitz

University of Mannheim - Department of Economics ( email )

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Germany
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HOME PAGE: http://peitz.vwl.uni-mannheim.de/

Tommaso M. Valletti

Imperial College Business School ( email )

South Kensington Campus
Exhibition Road
London SW7 2AZ, SW7 2AZ
United Kingdom

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

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