CABA Information Series

IS-2007-46: Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy

The US Federal Trade Commission held a workshop in February 2007 to solicit information from advocates and experts about broadband Internet access and net neutrality (uniform treatment of all data packets). The impact of enforcing net neutrality on consumer welfare is investigated. A key debate is about prioritizing Internet traffic and possibly blocking some content based on prior business arrangements. There is debate on just how competitive is the Internet market. Some claim it is a duopoly between the cable operators and the telephone companies. The applicability of anti-trust laws is considered. Also discussed is the impact on consumer privacy of Internet packet content examination.

















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