The Public Option: A Non-Regulatory Alternative to Network Neutrality

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Executive Summary

Network neutrality and the role of regulation on the Internet have been heavily debated in recent times. Amongst the various definitions of network neutrality, the authors focus on the one which prohibits paid prioritization of content. They develop a model of the Internet ecosystem in terms of three primary players: consumers, ISPs and content providers. They analyze this issue from the point of view of the consumer, and target the desired system state that maximizes consumer surplus.

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