The economic consequences of network neutrality regulation

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dc.contributor.author Wagner, Andrew T.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-13T20:07:33Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-13T20:07:33Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-13
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/13598
dc.description.abstract The Internet is a network that consists of content providers and users connected to each other through the communication lines managed by network providers. Network neutrality rules are designed to protect independent content providers from unjust discrimination by network providers. This report explores the economic rationale for net neutrality rules, how the regulation should be enforced, and its potential effects on competition. The report finds that net neutrality encourages competition among content providers by subsidizing content provider access but concentrates the market for network providers by forcing network providers to compete primarily through price competition. It considers this to be a beneficial arrangement for economic growth, but observes that there is a potential for all sides of the market to be subsidized by advertiser fees. It also shows that despite the Federal Communications Commission's heavy involvement with network neutrality rules, these rules are actually based in a long history of antitrust regulation. It concludes, however, that the current regulatory environment is sufficient for enforcing net neutrality rules. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Network neutrality en_US
dc.subject Regulation en_US
dc.subject Federal communications commission en_US
dc.subject Internet en_US
dc.subject Content providers en_US
dc.title The economic consequences of network neutrality regulation en_US
dc.type Report en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Arts en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Economics en_US
dc.description.advisor Dennis L. Weisman en_US
dc.subject.umi Business (0310) en_US
dc.subject.umi Economics (0501) en_US
dc.subject.umi Economics, Commerce-Business (0505) en_US
dc.date.published 2012 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US

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