9 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2006
Date Written: April 2006
This essay examines the economics of "net neutrality" and broadband Internet access. We argue that mandating net neutrality would be likely to reduce economic welfare. Instead, the government should focus on creating competition in the broadband market by liberalizing more spectrum and reducing entry barriers created by certain local regulations. In cases where a broadband provider can exercise market power the government should use its antitrust enforcement authority to police anticompetitive behavior.
Keywords: net neutrality, broadband, government
JEL Classification: H00
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Hahn, Robert W. and Wallsten, Scott, The Economics of Net Neutrality (April 2006). AEI-Brookings Joint Center Working Paper No. RP06-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=943757 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.943757
By J. Sidak