New reports on Skype-Wu wireless Net Neutrality proposal

by on May 2, 2007

Lots going on this week on the wireless Net neutrality front. You will recall that a couple of weeks ago several of us here were blasting the new paper by Tim Wu and the petition by Skype asking the FCC to impose Carterfone-like regulatory mandates on the wireless industry. This new battle is now just known as “the wireless Net neutrality fight” here in Washington. And this week some important studies have been released opposing it by the CTIA, the wireless industry’s trade association, and economists from the American Enterprise Institute, Brookings Institution, and the Phoenix Center. I don’t have time to summarize them, but here are the links to each major report if you are interested:

(1) Filing of CTIA – The Wireless Association In the Matter of Skype Communications Petition to Confirm A Consumer’s Right to Use Internet Communications Software and Attach Devices to Wireless Networks (April 30, 2007).

(2) Robert W. Hahn, Robert E. Litan, and Hal J. Singer, “The Economics of ‘Wireless Net Neutrality,'” AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies, AEI-Brookings Joint Center Working Paper No. RP07-10, (April 2007).

(3) George S. Ford, Thomas M. Koutsky and Lawrence J. Spiwak, “Wireless Net Neutrality: From Carterfone to Cable Boxes,” PHOENIX CENTER POLICY BULLETIN No. 17 (April 2007).

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