Introduction to the RIO Special Issue on Net Neutrality

Introduction to the RIO Special Issue on Net Neutrality Rev Ind Organ (2017) 50:389–391 DOI 10.1007/s11151-017-9577-9 Scott Wallsten Published online: 2 May 2017 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2017 The U.S. Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC’s) ‘‘Open Internet Order’’ (which was promulgated in 2015) is arguably the latest salvo in a debate that has raged for at least a century on whether and how to regulate access to networks with very high fixed costs. The FCC’s Order made two major changes to how the U.S. regulates broadband: First, it established broadband Internet service providers (ISPs) as ‘‘common carriers,’’ which would allow the government to regulate the service more heavily. Second, it established one version of ‘‘network neutrality,’’ which limits the ways in which ISPs can interact with and manage Internet traffic. For example, under the rules ISPs are not allowed to block sites or enter into paid prioritization agreements with particular sites. Access rules are always and everywhere contentious, and the Open Internet Order is no exception. The authors in this special issue of the Review of Industrial Organization consider many aspects of the Order, including the longer historyofcompetitionpolicyintelecommunications, theoretical rationales for and against such regulation, its expected effects, the process by which the rules were considered, and what Review of Industrial Organization Springer Journals

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