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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Tim Wu on Network Neutrality

Tim Wu, Columbia Law School,  has released a working paper on SSRN called "Network Neutrality: Competition, Innovation, and Nondiscriminatory Access". Here is the abstract.

The best proposals for network neutrality rules are simple. They ban abusive behavior like tollboothing and outright blocking and degradation. And they leave open legitimate network services that the Bells and Cable operators want to provide, such as offering cable television services and voice services along with a neutral internet offering. They are in line with a tradition of protecting consumer’s rights on networks whose instinct is just this: let customers use the network as they please. No one wants to deny companies the right to charge for their services and charge consumers more if they use more. But what does need to be stopped is raw discrimination that is nothing more than a tax on innovation taken by government-supported corporations.

Download the entire paper here.

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