Evolving Core Capabilities of the Internet

42 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2006 Last revised: 10 May 2010

J. Scott Marcus

Bruegel; European University Institute - Florence School of Regulation


Historically, the Internet has served as an enormous hotbed of innovation. Nonetheless, deployment of a number of potentially beneficial and important Internet capabilities appears to be slowed or stalled for lack of sufficient commercial incentives. The primary concern is with public goods where market forces alone might not be sufficient to drive widespread adoption. Timely and relevant examples are drawn primarily from the areas of network security and cybersecurity. How might government identify and prioritize those capabilities where intervention is warranted‘ What actions on the part of industry and government are necessary and appropriate in order to ensure that societally significant problems, including network security and robustness, are addressed in the Internet‘

Keywords: Internet, public goods, DNS, cybersecurity, IPv6, QoS, network effects, transaction costs

JEL Classification: H42, H55, D62

Suggested Citation

Marcus, J. Scott, Evolving Core Capabilities of the Internet. Journal on Telecommunications and High Technology Law, Vol. 3, pp. 123-163, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=921903

J. Scott Marcus (Contact Author)

Bruegel ( email )

Rue de la Charité 33
B-1210 Brussels Belgium

European University Institute - Florence School of Regulation ( email )


Register to save articles to
your library


Paper statistics

Abstract Views