Bruce P. Mehlman
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Net Neutrality Could Represent up to a $100 Billion Reduction in Revenue to the Networked Services Market By 2015
Net neutrality could represent anywhere from a $20 billion to $100 billion reduction in revenue to the networked services market by 2015.
Net Neutrality Could Increase Operator Costs By As Much As $40 Billion Annually
Net neutrality could increase operator costs by anywhere from $20 billion to $40 billion annually if strict non-discrimination rules are put in place. This assumes that the operator continues to invest in network infrastructure rather than simply reducing such investments.
Net Neutrality Acts Like a Tax on the Internet
Net neutrality acts like a tax on the Internet by imposing overheads on network operators which, in turn, decrease network investments, providing less opportunity, not only for the operators, but for those that use the operators’ networks as well.
Net Neutrality Could Result in the Loss of 70,000 Jobs by 2011
Assuming a best case scenario, with minimal regulatory impact, net neutrality could still impose a $7 billion a year overhead on the economy by 2011, translating into the loss of up to 70,000 jobs.
Net Neutrality Could Cost Consumers Up to $55 More Per Month
Net neutrality could impose anywhere from $10 to as much as $55 each month on top of an average broadband access charge of $30. To the extent that consumers are unwilling or unable to pay it, net neutrality could have the effect of discouraging consumers to connect to the internet.
The regulation of network management may disproportionately affect networks located in rural areas or smaller networks in urban areas, and wireless networks that face relatively high capacity costs.
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.
Advocates of net neutrality argue that ISPs should have little flexibility to manage their networks and that the solution to any kinds of network congestion or other network performance challenges can and should be solved by simply adding more network capacity—primarily in the form of “bigger pipes.”