Internet Interconnection: How the Economics of Convention Can Inform the Discourse on Internet Governance
22 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2016
Date Written: September 1, 2014
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
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