Policy Documents

The Economics of Net Neutrality

Robert Hahn and Scott Wallsten –
April 1, 2006

This essay examines the economics of “net neutrality” and broadband Internet access. We argue that mandating net neutrality would be likely to reduce economic welfare. Instead, the government should focus on creating competition in the broadband market by liberalizing more spectrum and reducing entry barriers created by certain local regulations. In cases where a broadband provider can exercise market power the government should use its antitrust enforcement authority to police anticompetitive behavior.