Fairness for Growth in the Internet Value Chain

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Executive Summary

Empirical data show an exponential growth of IP traffic and a corresponding growth of the overall capitalization of the Internet market. However, the revenues generated by the Internet are not fairly distributed among all the players involved in the value chain. In spite of the increasing returns for over-the-top service providers, application developers, device producers, network operators, and content right owners are not taking advantage of Internet evolution. Analysts forecast that in a few years this imbalance will cause the congestion of the network without any motivation for new investments on it, thus ultimately bringing the Internet to collapse.

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