Monday, February 26, 2007
Tim Wu, Columbia Law School, has published "Wireless Net Neutrality: Cellular Carterfone on Mobile Networks" as New America Foundation Wireless Future Program Working Paper No. 17. Here is the abstract.
Over the next decade, regulators will spend increasing time on the conflicts between the private interests of the wireless industry and the public's interest in the best uses of its spectrum. This report examines the practices of the wireless industry with an eye toward understanding their influence on innovation and consumer welfare.
This report finds a mixed picture. The wireless industry, over the last decade, has succeeded in bringing wireless telephony at competitive prices to the American public. Yet at the same time we also find the wireless carriers aggressively controlling product design and innovation in the equipment and application markets, to the detriment of consumers. Their policies, in the wired world, would be considered outrageous, in some cases illegal, and in some cases simply misguided.
Download the entire paper from SSRN here.