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Evidence on net neutrality

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Evidence on net neutrality

A collection of essays published by the American Consumer Institute includes one by me entitled “Net Neutrality Regulation Would Impose Consumer Welfare Losses,” beginning on page 47.
The essays were the subject of a Capitol Hill event yesterday which featured remarks by Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).
According to The Hill’s technology blog,

By glancing at the authors, it’s no surprise that the 14-essay pamphlet’s thesis is that net neutrality regulations would ultimately be harmful for consumers and thwart innovation. The table of contents has familiar names: Randolph May (Free State Foundation), Wayne Leighton (Empiris), John Mayo (Georgetown University) and Hance Haney (Discovery Institute), to name just a few. You most likely already know their positions.

TR Daily ($) noted,

“What we’re talking about here is not discrimination, but differential pricing,” added Hance Haney, director and senior fellow of the Technology & Democracy Project at the Discovery Institute. Banning such a practice will force providers to “recover the entire cost of investment from consumers,” he added.

The booklet is entitled “The Consequences of Net Neutrality Regulations on Broadband Investment and Consumer Welfare.”