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Economic Features of the Internet and Network Neutrality

Nicholas Economides;
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  • Published: 01 Apr 2015
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract
<p>The chapter discusses the issue of a possible abolition of network neutrality and the introduction of paid prioritization by residential broadband access networks. In short-run analysis where bandwidth is fixed and in the absence of congestion, network neutrality tends to maximize total surplus. When an ISP violates network neutrality and invests the extra profits to bandwidth expansion, the presence of more bandwidth alleviates the allocative distortion, and can even reverse it. The chapter discusses the network neutrality issue under the assumption of congestion, and characterizes the set of utility functions for which network neutrality is optimal, as well...
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free text keywords: Internet, pricing, network neutrality, price discrimination, prioritization, Bandwidth throttling, Economics, Net neutrality, Price discrimination, Short run, Industrial organization, The Internet, business.industry, business, Net bias, Allocative efficiency, Microeconomics, Broadband, jel:D43, jel:L11, jel:L1
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publication . Part of book or chapter of book . Preprint . 2015

Economic Features of the Internet and Network Neutrality

Nicholas Economides;