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Broadband Internet: Net Neutrality versus Open Access

Christiaan Hogendorn ()

No 2006-09, Working Papers from Center for Network Industries and Infrastructure (CNI)

Abstract: “Network neutrality” and “open access” are two policies designed to preserve openness on the Internet. Open access mandates openness of conduits (e.g. television cable and DSL) to service providers (e.g. America Online), while network neutrality mandates openness to advanced content (streaming video, interactive e-commerce, etc.). We develop a systems model with free entry and competition in all three industry segments (conduits, service provider intermediaries, and content) and examine the effects of the two types of regulation. We find that open access does not necessarily result in more openness of content and is not a substitute for network neutrality.

Keywords: network neutrality; open access; broadband (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L1 L5 L9 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 29 pages
Date: 2006-09-15
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