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From internet “Openness” to “Freedom”: How far has the net neutrality pendulum swung?

Kendall J. Koning and Aleksandr Yankelevich

Utilities Policy, 2018, vol. 54, issue C, 37-45

Abstract: We examine the extent to which the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) 2015 “Open Internet” and 2018 “Restoring Internet Freedom” orders constrain anti-competitive and discriminatory pricing. We show that without regulation of interconnection agreements, and by allowing Internet Service Providers to cap bandwidth while also engaging in “zero rating,” the prescriptive regulations promulgated by the FCC in its 2015 order left the door open for both anti-competitive and discriminatory pricing. Conversely, by undoing the Title II underpinning for its 2015 adopted rules, the FCC may bind itself from being able to remedy anti-competitive or discriminatory pricing in the future.

Keywords: Broadband internet service provider; Data caps; Federal communications commission; Interconnection; Internet regulation; Network neutrality; Open internet; Price discrimination; Restoring internet freedom (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K23 L13 L23 L42 L51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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