Internet Interconnection: How the Economics of Convention Can Inform the Discourse on Internet Governance

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Uta Meier-Hahn

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

Date Written: September 1, 2014

Abstract

Internet governance research has a tradition of focusing on institutions and formalised steering processes. But modes of coordination which do not fit these criteria also shape the operation and evolution of the internet and should also be included in an analytical framework for internet governance. In this article, the Economics of Convention is presented as a theoretical backdrop for the analysis of such phenomena. This analytical perspective is then used to shed a detailed light on internet interconnection arrangements. The findings of this exercise are then discussed with regard to their meaning for internet governance.

Keywords: internet interconnection, peering, economics of convention, reflexive coordination, internet governance, GigaNet

Suggested Citation

Meier-Hahn, Uta, Internet Interconnection: How the Economics of Convention Can Inform the Discourse on Internet Governance (September 1, 2014). GigaNet: Global Internet Governance Academic Network, Annual Symposium 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2809867 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2809867

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