Proper Incentives? The Economics of Spam Management by the Mobile Wireless Industry

12 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2016 Last revised: 15 Mar 2018

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George S. Ford

Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies

Michael L. Stern

Auburn University; Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies

Date Written: May 4, 2016

Abstract

This paper shows that with regard to spam control on mobile wireless phones, the interests of the industry and the consumer are aligned. Mobile wireless carriers should be expected to act in ways that protect the interest of consumers and the industry has proven to be a very efficient manager of spam. Despite self-serving claims to the contrary, regulatory intervention is unnecessary and value reducing.

Keywords: Mobile, Wireless, Broadband, Telecommunications, Spam, Network Neutrality, Open Internet, Federal Communications Commission

JEL Classification: L96

Suggested Citation

Ford, George S. and Stern, Michael L., Proper Incentives? The Economics of Spam Management by the Mobile Wireless Industry (May 4, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2837286 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2837286

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