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University of Florida
Levin College of Law

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Network neutrality and the evolution of the internet

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

Gunter Knieps (University of Freiburg) describes Network neutrality and the evolution of the internet.

ABSTRACT: In order to create incentives for Internet traffic providers not to discriminate with respect to certain applications on the basis of network capacity require-ments, the concept of market driven network neutrality is introduced. Its basic characteristics are that all applications are bearing the opportunity costs of the required traffic capacities. An economic framework for market driven network neutrality in broadband Internet is provided, consisting of congestion pricing and quality of service differentiation. However, network neutrality regulation with its reference point of the traditional TCP would result in regulatory micro-management of traffic network management.

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