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Reconciling Political and Economic Goals in the Net Neutrality Debate

The Information Society, Vol. 30, p. 1-19, 2014

32 Pages Posted: 24 May 2017  

Johannes M. Bauer

Michigan State University-Department of Media and Information

Jonathan A. Obar

York University; Quello Center - Michigan State University

Date Written: January 1, 2014

Abstract

The net neutrality debate is one of several sites of struggles to adapt and redefine rights and obligations of stakeholders in the Internet-centric communications system. Its outcomes will shape the future of the Internet and influence the level and distribution of its benefits. We identify key values that drive the net neutrality discussion and examine the governance mechanisms proposed to achieve these objectives. We find that there is no single policy instrument that allows realization of the range of valued political and economic objectives simultaneously. Contrary to some of the claims advanced in the current debate, safeguarding multiple goals requires a combination of instruments that will likely involve government and nongovernment measures. Furthermore, promoting goals such as the freedom of speech, political participation, investment, and innovation calls for complementary policies.

Keywords: Network neutrality, net neutrality, free speech, democracy, innovation, internet, investment, open internet

Suggested Citation

Bauer, Johannes M. and Obar, Jonathan A., Reconciling Political and Economic Goals in the Net Neutrality Debate (January 1, 2014). The Information Society, Vol. 30, p. 1-19, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2910104

Johannes Bauer

Michigan State University-Department of Media and Information ( email )

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Jonathan Obar (Contact Author)

York University ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

Quello Center - Michigan State University ( email )

East Lansing, MI 48824
United States

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