The Fallacy of Net Neutrality [NOOK Book]

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“There is little dispute that the Internet should continue as an open platform,” notes the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Yet, in a curious twist of logic, the agency has moved to discontinue the legal regime successfully yielding that magnificent platform. In late 2010, it imposed “network neutrality” regulations on broadband access providers, both wired and wireless. Networks cannot (a) block subscribers’ use of certain devices, applications, or services; (b) unreasonably discriminate, offering ...
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The Fallacy of Net Neutrality

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Overview

“There is little dispute that the Internet should continue as an open platform,” notes the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Yet, in a curious twist of logic, the agency has moved to discontinue the legal regime successfully yielding that magnificent platform. In late 2010, it imposed “network neutrality” regulations on broadband access providers, both wired and wireless. Networks cannot (a) block subscribers’ use of certain devices, applications, or services; (b) unreasonably discriminate, offering superior access for some services over others. The Commission argues that such rules are necessary, as the Internet was designed to bar “gatekeepers.” The view is faulty, both in it engineering claims and its economic conclusions. Networks routinely manage traffic and often bundle content with data transport precisely because such coordination produces superior service. When “walled gardens” emerge, including AOL in 1995, Japan’s DoCoMo iMode in 1999, or Apple’s iPhone in 2007, they often disrupt old business models, thrilling consumers, providing golden opportunities for application developers, advancing Internet growth. In some cases these gardens have dropped their walls; others remain vibrant. The “open Internet” allows consumers, investors, and innovators to choose, discovering efficiencies. The FCC has mistaken that spontaneous market process for a planned market structure, imposing new rules to “protect” what evolved without them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594035937
  • Publisher: Encounter Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Series: Encounter Broadsides
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 538,229
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Thomas W. Hazlett is Professor of Law & Economics at George Mason University, where he also serves as Director of the Information Economy Project. He previously taught at the University of California, Davis and the Wharton School, and is a columnist for the Financial Times. Professor Hazlett has also written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Slate, Barron’s, The Economist, The New Republic, and The Weekly Standard, while publishing academic research in the RAND Journal of Economics, Journal of Law & Economics, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Economic Perspectives, University of Pennsylvania Law Review and the Columbia Law Review. In 1991-92 he served as Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission.



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