The Net Neutrality View

By TAP Staff Blogger

Posted on February 9, 2010


With last week’s congressional hearings on Comcast Corporation's proposed deal to acquire control of NBC Universal, there is increased interest in net neutrality issues. TAP academics have explored several sides of this topic.

In “Net Neutrality," Non-Discrimination and Digital Distribution Through the Internet, Nick Economides explores how letting broadband carriers charge some users more could hurt consumers. He warns that allowing carriers to charge more for premium service could raise prices to consumers, and allow carriers to eliminate competitors who rely on the Internet, such as VoIP providers.

On the other side of the argument, Robert Hahn and Scott Wallston argue in The Economics of Net Neutrality Policy that government barriers to broadband premium charges should be removed. They look at net neutrality as a kind of price regulation, and show that historically such rules have harmed investment and growth.

Finally Robert Atkinson and Phil Weiser propose a “Third Way” in their article, A "Third Way" on Net Neutrality, arguing that both sides of the net neutrality debate have valid concerns, and moderate rules of the road set by Congress and enforced by the FCC can fairly address concerns by both sides.