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Net Neutrality

I wish that I had the time and the expertise to really get on top of the net neutrality debate. Anyone old enough to remember hacking into your telephone connection at home in order to wire in an additional handset should remember the dark side of telecomm monopolies. Anyone not old enough to remember that should find one of us old-timers; we’ll explain. Meanwhile, Susan Crawford has some nuts and bolts, including a very interesting application of Brett Frischmann’s and Mark Lemley’s paper on Spillovers. The question (should Congress require something called “net neutrality”?) seems to be part philosophy (“treat the Net like a public utility”) and part economics (the likelihood that incumbent monopolists will be able to sustain supra-competitive pricing and/or suboptimal service).