Competing Bits: Net Neutrality, Zero-Rating and Competition Law
Gönenç Gürkaynak, THE ACADEMIC GIFT BOOK OF ELIG, ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW IN HONOR OF THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF COMPETITION LAW PRACTICE IN TURKEY, 29-65 (2018), ISBN: 978-605-315-235-4
47 Pages Posted: 21 May 2018
Date Written: March 2018
This article discusses the collaborative and complementary relationship between competition law and net neutrality rules for sustaining openness of the internet. Net neutrality is an ongoing debate since early 2000s regarding equal and fair treatment to data transmitted through network services. The article starts with providing historical background information of the net neutrality debate, explaining how it evolved and why people supported or opposed to it. It then presents the net neutrality regulations legislated in the United States and the European Union. The article also focuses on zero-rating, which is now common practices and its relation with net neutrality and competition law. Finally, the article argues the necessity of additional net neutrality rules over competition law enforcement and the competence of competition authorities for in terms of net neutrality.
Keywords: net neutrality, antitrust, competition law, European Union, United States
JEL Classification: K21, L40
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