Network Neutrality

9 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2007

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Alfred E. Kahn

National Economic Research Associates Inc. (NERA) (Deceased)

Date Written: March 2007

Abstract

Much of the advocacy of legislatively-mandated network neutrality is based on a simple fallacy - namely, that differing charges to suppliers of content to the Internet for correspondingly differing speeds of delivery are inherently discriminatory. They are not; and an attempt to prohibit them would prevent the Internet's offering a full range of services, with widely diverging tolerances for latency. Preservation of the open end-to-end character of the Internet may well, however, require vigilant prohibition of vertical squeezes and other unfair methods of competition and authority of an antitrust agency to compel interconnections.

Keywords: Internet, competition, antitrust

JEL Classification: H00

Suggested Citation

Kahn, Alfred E., Network Neutrality (March 2007). AEI-Brookings Joint Center Working Paper No. RP07-05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=973513 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.973513

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National Economic Research Associates Inc. (NERA) (Deceased)

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