Professor Hazlett on "Network Neutrality"
"Network neutrality," an argument for government regulation to ensure that broadband subscribers can use any network application or device without extra fees, is the wrong approach to take, according to Professor Thomas W. Hazlett, who favors continuation of a market-based evolution of the Internet.
Thomas W. Hazlett: Neutering the net, FT.com, March 20, 2006. By Thomas W. Hazlett.
"The network economy has evolved through unregulated market transactions. Internet backbone carriers, for instance, exercise complete pricing freedom. Highly preferential treatment results, as the top backbones "peer" charging themselves, the largest carriers, nothing to send traffic, while imposing hefty fees on smaller networks. This outcome yields incentives to construct larger and better facilities, improving bargaining power to obtain superior rates.
"The internet is built, and grows, on the back of private property rights. Market structures that nurture innovative entrants have not been imposed by "design," but have spontaneously emerged from "invisible hand" of self-interest."