The Digital Divide and Other Economic Considerations for Network Neutrality

  title={The Digital Divide and Other Economic Considerations for Network Neutrality},
  author={Michelle P. Connolly and Clement Lee and Renhao Tan},
  journal={Review of Industrial Organization},
In its 2016 Broadband Report, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recognizes that a rural/urban digital divide remains prevalent—especially with respect to broadband adoption. It also highlights several policies that the FCC has undertaken purportedly to reduce the divide, including the 2015 Open Internet Order (OIO)—in which the stated intent is to enforce “network neutrality.” However, long before the OIO, studies have raised concerns that network neutrality policies will discourage… 
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