Mobility

Should Users Be Entitled to Run the Applications of Their Choice on Wireless Networks?

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Executive Summary

The authors examine whether wireless ISPs should be able to legally limit the applications used on wireless devices. The analysis is based on wireless network architecture and communications law. They review how wired and wireless networks differ in traffic management, and conclude that wireless networks require stronger traffic management than wired networks at and below the network layer. They review communications law, and conclude that ISPs should be prohibited from giving themselves an unfair competitive edge. They examine three scenarios of how applications may be restricted, and find that none guarantees a level playing field between ISPs and application providers while allowing ISPs to reasonably manage network resources.

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