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

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Gonenc Gurkaynak

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law

İsmail Özgün

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-At-Law

Umut Bakanoğulları

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-At-Law

Date Written: March 2018

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Gurkaynak, Gonenc and Özgün, İsmail and Bakanoğulları, Umut, Competing Bits: Net Neutrality, Zero-Rating and Competition Law (March 2018). 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, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3174318

Gonenc Gurkaynak (Contact Author)

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law ( email )

Çitlenbik Sokak No:12
Yıldız Mahallesi
Istanbul, Beşiktaş 34349
Turkey

İsmail Özgün

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-At-Law ( email )

Yıldız Mah. Çitlenbik Sk. No:12
İstanbul, 34349
Turkey

Umut Bakanoğulları

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-At-Law ( email )

Yıldız Mah. Çitlenbik Sk. No:12
İstanbul, 34349
Turkey

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