Friday, January 30, 2009
New study tells German regulator not to worry about net neutrality
WIK have delivered a study which pursues the rather old-fashioned 'American problem, only an SMP issue here' line - written by former FCC staffers, which is disappointing in that the problem analysis is sound but obviously a client committed to regulatory holidays and masterly inaction is not interested in being told that the issue will grow rather than go away. After all, it "is a subset of competition problems" according to them. The rather cursory analysis of two-sided markets might have benefited from closer inspection of Nick Economides' work. They add to the bibliography both that and my work with Jonathan Cave but don't actually deal with the challenges that the analysis presents.