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AEI-Brookings Joint Center Working Paper
Economists' Statement on Network Neutrality Policy (2007)
  • Vernon L. Smith
  • William J Baumol, New York University
  • Robert E. Litan
  • Martin E. Cave, University of Warwick
  • Peter Cramton, University of Maryland
  • Robert W. Hahn, University of Oxford
  • Thomas W. Hazlett, George Mason University
  • Paul L. Joskow
  • Alfred E. Kahn
  • John W. Mayo, Georgetown University
  • Patrick A. Messerlin
  • Bruce M. Owen, Stanford University
  • Robert S. Pindyck, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Scott Wallsten, Stanford University
  • Leonard Waverman, London Business School
  • Lawrence J. White, New York University
  • Scott Savage, University of Colorado at Boulder
Abstract

Network neutrality is a policy proposal that would regulate how network providers manage and price the use of their networks. Congress has introduced several bills on network neutrality. Proposed legislation generally would mandate that Internet service providers exercise no control over the content that flows over their lines and would bar providers from charging more for preferentially faster access to the Internet. These proposals must be considered carefully in light of the underlying economics. Our basic concern is that most proposals aimed at implementing net neutrality are likely to do more harm than good.

Keywords
  • network neutrality,
  • legislation,
  • economics
Disciplines
Publication Date
2007
Citation Information
Vernon L. Smith, William J Baumol, Robert E. Litan, Martin E. Cave, et al.. "AEI-Brookings Joint Center Working Paper" Economists' Statement on Network Neutrality Policy (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/bruce_owen/4/