Thursday, August 5, 2010 - The Progress & Freedom Foundation Blog

CNBC Debate on Net Neutrality Regulation & Pricing Freedom

Today I appeared on CNBC's "Power Lunch" to debate Net neutrality issues and the specific role of pricing in this debate. [video down below] Specifically, the producers wanted to know whether websites should be allowed to pay a higher fee to allow consumers faster access to their sites or should it be equal for every website. The show was partially a response to the rumors that the may be some sort of deal pending between Verizon and Google about prioritized services. On the program, I was up against Craig Aaron of Free Press. During the discussion I made several points, many of which first appeared in my 2005 essay on "The Real Net Neutrality Debate: Pricing Flexibility Versus Pricing Regulation." Here are the key points I tried to get across:

Video follows below the fold.

posted by Adam Thierer @ 2:38 PM | Economics , Net Neutrality