Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Publications Database

Net neutrality: A progress report

Krämer, Jan
Weinhardt, Christof
Volume: 37
Number: 9
Pages: 794 - 813
Month: October
ISSN-Print: 0308-5961
Link External Source: Online Version
Year: 2013
Keywords: Internet; Net neutrality; Quality of service; Pricing

This paper is intended as an introduction to the debate on net neutrality and as a progress report on the growing body of academic literature on this issue. Different non-net neutrality scenarios are discussed and structured along the two dimensions of network and pricing regime. With this approach, the consensus on the benefits of a deviation from the status quo as well as the concerns that are unique to certain non-net neutrality scenarios can be identified. Moreover, a framework for policy decisions is derived and it is discussed how the concept of neutrality extends to other parts of the Internet ecosystem.