Original Paper

International Economics and Economic Policy

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 185-208

First online:

Broadband Internet: net neutrality versus open access

  • Christiaan HogendornAffiliated withEconomics Department, Wesleyan University Email author 

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“Network neutrality” and “open access” are two policies designed to preserve openness on the Internet. Open access mandates openness of conduits (e.g. television cable and DSL) to intermediaries (e.g. America Online), while network neutrality mandates openness to advanced content (streaming video, interactive e-commerce, etc.). We develop a systems model with free entry and competition in all three industry segments (conduits, intermediaries, and content) and examine the effects of the two types of regulation. We find that open access does not necessarily result in more openness of content and is not a substitute for network neutrality.


Network neutrality Open access Broadband

JEL Classification

L1 L5 L9