Bruce P. Mehlman
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Blanket prohibitions on particular types of network management are dangerous, particularly for firms that have higher costs (small firms and rural firms).
Network management regulations, to the extent they increase costs, will certainly require policymakers to increase significantly subsidies above currentlevels, which may not be socially optimal.
Proposals for “network management,” “open network”, “network neutrality” or “application neutrality”regardless of the altruism behind them, are nonetheless very likely to reduce deployment, increase transaction costs, raise prices, reduce quality, and even potentially lead to increased industry concentration.