Thursday, March 29, 2007 - The Progress & Freedom Foundation Blog

Economists' Statement on Net Neutrality

I recently joined 15 other economists to sign a statement explaining how proposed net neutrality regulations were likely to do more harm than good. Some of the luminaries who signed include Professors William Baumol, Alfred Kahn, Vernon Smith, and other distinguished folks.

To be sure, some economists find merit in net neutrality, but most recognize that our history with price and other regulations in telecommunications is a sorry one that has largely hindered competition and harmed consumers. Given this history and the rapid pace of change in the industry, new market structure and price regulations seem like a poor public policy choice.

posted by Scott Wallsten @ 9:47 AM | Net Neutrality