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An antitrust analysis of the case for wireless network neutrality

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An antitrust analysis of the case for wireless network neutrality
The ongoing debate about possible implementation of regulatory rules requiring “network neutrality” for wireless telecommunications services is inherently about whether to impose prohibitions on the ability of network operators to control their vertical relationships. Antitrust analysis is well suited to analyze whether a wireless network neutrality rule is socially beneficial. Implementing network neutrality rules would be akin to using a per se antitrust rule regarding vertical relationships instead of the rule of reason analysis typically applied to vertical relationships in antitrust. Per se rules are used to prevent actions that rarely, if ever, have any procompetitive benefits, such as price-fixing agreements. Rule of reason analysis is used when there are potential efficiency gains from the actions under investigation. Some vertical practices of the wireless carriers, such as bandwidth restrictions, may appear to be anticompetitive, but may also have plausible efficiency ju...
Gregory L. Rosston, Michael D. Topper
Added 26 Jan 2011
Updated 26 Jan 2011
Type Journal
Year 2010
Where IEPOL
Authors Gregory L. Rosston, Michael D. Topper
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