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Blocking or Metering: A False Choice

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Publication Date: August 2008

Publisher(s): Free Press (Organization)

Author(s): S. Derek Turner

Topic: Media, telecommunications, and information (Telecommunications)

Keywords: Telecommunications; Net Neutrality; Free Press

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

Some analysts have posited that net neutrality, or the prohibition of providers' blocking or throttling legal content on their networks, will have the unintended consequence of forcing providers to introduce usage-based pricing to cope with increasing traffic. This policy brief analyzes why such a radical, industry-wide switch is unlikely.