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Network Neutrality, Search Neutrality, and the Never-ending Conflict between Efficiency and Fairness in Markets

Network Neutrality, Search Neutrality, and the Never-ending Conflict between Efficiency and Fairness in Markets,10.2202/1446-9022.1169,Review of Netwo

Network Neutrality, Search Neutrality, and the Never-ending Conflict between Efficiency and Fairness in Markets   (Citations: 10)
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Historical precedents suggest that the basic issues underlying the debate about network neutrality, dealing with the balance between efficiency and fairness in markets, will never be resolved. Should net neutrality dominate, attention would likely turn to other parts of the economy that might be perceived as choke points for economic activities, such as Net search. Traditionally, the balance between efficiency and fairness that was struck by policy makers depended heavily on cost considerations. When a service was expensive to provide, fairness was deemphasized. In the current discussion of network neutrality, this issue appears to be unduly neglected.
Journal: Review of Network Economics - REV NETW ECON , vol. 8, no. 1, 2009
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    • ...However, ISPs face regulatory hurdles including "network neutrality" concerns [24], [33], that d� not encourage congestion management through packet drops...

    Mung Chianget al. Pricing broadband: Survey and open problems

    • ...The question we address in this work is part of the larger debate on network neutrality, which includes diverse issues such as whether service differentiation should be allowed, or whether charges for content constitute an impingement of freedom of speech (see Odlyzko, 2008 and Chong, 2007)...

    John Musacchioet al. A Two-Sided Market Analysis of Provider Investment Incentives with an ...

    • ...Reflecting the importance and complexity of the issues related to Internet pricing, the papers by Musacchio, Schwartz, and Warland (2009) and by Odlyzko (2009) both address this issue in depth...
    • ...For example, Odlyzko (2009) estimates that the average price of a communication between a residential user and Google is more than one hundred times higher for the user...
    • ...Such practices have clear potential to serve efficient purposes, such as enhancing security and privacy, alleviating network congestion, and prioritising traffic that is especially sensitive to delay or jitter (OECD 2006). Moreover, as Odlyzko (2009) cautions:...
    • ...Odlyzko (2009), as noted above, criticizes Clarke’s study...

    Marius Schwartzet al. Introduction to a Special Issue on Network Neutrality

    • ...For example, almost all the scholarly papers on net neutrality (see [15] for some references) model the Internet as a content delivery mechanism...
    • ...See [15], for example, or note that the cable industry did manage to build their networks on the basis of movie distribution, and that arguments have been made that the costs of upgrading those networks to higher speeds are not all that high...
    • ...Table 1 (taken from [15]) shows some rough approximations to the revenues the industry derives from various services...
    • ...Should they succeed, they could gain new sources of revenues and profits, not just those that Google commands today, but additional ones that come from more intensive exploitation of customer data (see [15], for example)...

    Andrew Odlyzko. The delusions of net neutrality

    • ...The question we address in this work is part of the larger debate on network neutrality , which includes diverse issues such as whether service di"erentiation should be allowed, or whether charges for content constitute an impingement of freedom of speech (see [3] and [4])...

    John Musacchioet al. 1 Network Economics: Neutrality, Competition, and Service Di!erentiati...

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