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Neutrality, Diversity and Growth - An economic analysis of future Internet policy

The purpose of this paper is twofold. One the one hand it reviews and analyzes the issue of Net Neutrality from an innovative, outcome-oriented perspective: the one of "Network Growth Neutrality". On the other hand it proposes a new recoupment-model for investments in New Generation Network (NGN).
In section one, I explored the concept of Net Neutrality with reference to the economic and juridique literature.

In section two, I provided a detailed overview of the main arguments Pro and Against Neutrality lying at the base of the global debate. I grouped the discussion into following blocks arguments: the changing internet environment, the convergence-congestion problem (in turn linked to the problem of the of sustainability of investments in All-IP networks), the issue of competition over the value chains in internet multi-sided platforms and, eventually, the cross-subsidization and differentiation issues.

In the last section, I analyzed the link between Neutrality and the future internet-sustainable regulation. In this respect, I defined the new concept of Neutrality ("Net Growth Neutrality") as the basis for my suggested approach to policymaking. I referred to the knowledge-economy first. I then analyzed the structure of the internet network and its transactive mechanisms linking the argument to the theories of complexity and auto-organization.
In this section I also presented my investment-recoupment model, based on usage-based pricing and I envisaged some of the possible evolutions of the internet in the years to come.

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5 1 WHAT IS NET NEUTRALITY? 1.1. Definitional complexity: A multidimensional debate N e t w o r k ( o r N e t ) N e u t r a l i t y , t e r m f i r s t u s e d b y W u 1 , is a principle proposed for users' access to networks participating in the Internet. At its simplest definition, it refers to the principle that all data packets on an information network (such as the Internet) are treated equally. During the last decade, advocates of net neutrality and associated rules have raised concerns about the ability of broadband providers to use their last mile infrastructure to block Internet applications and content (e.g., websites, services, protocols) or even blocking out competitors. In the US particularly, but elsewhere as well, the possibility of regulations designed to mandate the Neutrality of the Internet has been subject to fierce discussions and progressively paved the way to a multi-dimensional debate, on which, still, the word “end” has not been pronounced. But what is, more specifically, Net Neutrality? 11 T i m W u ( 2 0 0 3 ) “ N e t w o r k N e u t r a l i t y a n d B r o a d b a n d D i s c r i m i n a t i o n ” ( 2 0 0 3 ) 2 J o u r n a l o f Telecommunications and High Technology Law, at 141.

Laurea liv.I

Facoltà: Economia

Autore: Riccardo Trovato Battagliola Contatta »

Composta da 80 pagine.


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