Network Neutrality and the Nature of Competition between Network Operators

33 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2007  

Viktoria Kocsis

University of Amsterdam - SEO Economic Research

Paul de Bijl

CPB Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Analysis

Abstract

The neutral architecture of the Internet is being challenged by various parties, such as network operators providing the connections to end-users, who are interested in gaining control of the information exchanged over the Internet. What are the effects on competition and welfare of such practices? Currently, there exists very little economic theory on network neutrality. This paper provides a preliminary analysis of the type of economic modeling that can address network neutrality, as well as of the type of results that can be expected.

Keywords: Network neutrality, Discriminating practices, Product differentiation, Imperfect competition, Regulation

JEL Classification: L13, L51, L96

Suggested Citation

Kocsis, Viktoria and de Bijl, Paul, Network Neutrality and the Nature of Competition between Network Operators. International Economics and Economic Policy, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=976882

Viktoria Kocsis (Contact Author)

University of Amsterdam - SEO Economic Research ( email )

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Paul W.J. De Bijl

CPB Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Analysis ( email )

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The Hague, 2508 GM
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