Are "Dumb Pipe" Mandates Smart Public Policy? Vertical Integration, Net Neutrality, and the Network Layers Model

Abstract

Many academics and some public policymakers are increasingly advocating the adoption of regulations mandating ‘‘open’’ or ‘‘dumb’’ broadband networks over ‘‘closed’’ or proprietary systems. While such an ‘‘open-vs.-closed’’ distinction grossly over-simplifies the issue, it would be a mistake for lawmakers to implement regulations choosing network… (More)

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