Network Neutrality: Competition, Innovation, and Nondiscriminatory Access

7 Pages Posted: 19 May 2006

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Tim Wu

Columbia University - Law School

Date Written: April 24, 2006


The best proposals for network neutrality rules are simple. They ban abusive behavior like tollboothing and outright blocking and degradation. And they leave open legitimate network services that the Bells and Cable operators want to provide, such as offering cable television services and voice services along with a neutral internet offering. They are in line with a tradition of protecting consumer's rights on networks whose instinct is just this: let customers use the network as they please. No one wants to deny companies the right to charge for their services and charge consumers more if they use more. But what does need to be stopped is raw discrimination that is nothing more than a tax on innovation taken by government-supported corporations.

Keywords: network neutrality, nondescrimination, common carriage, internet, broadband, telecommunications

JEL Classification: L97, K22

Suggested Citation

Wu, Tim, Network Neutrality: Competition, Innovation, and Nondiscriminatory Access (April 24, 2006). Available at SSRN: or

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