Google and Verizon and net neutrality

I found this excerpt from Reihan to be persuasive:

I’ll just note that Google official line on wireless net neutrality, as stated by Richard Whitt, sounds fairly persuasive. Why insist on net neutrality regulations for wireline but not for wireless services?

First, the wireless market is more competitive than the wireline market, given that consumers typically have more than just two providers to choose from. Second, because wireless networks employ airwaves, rather than wires, and share constrained capacity among many users, these carriers need to manage their networks more actively. Third, network and device openness is now beginning to take off as a significant business model in this space.In our proposal, we agreed that the best first step is for wireless providers to be fully transparent with users about how network traffic is managed to avoid congestion, or prioritized for certain applications and content.

I believe in legally mandated net neutrality when monopoly is present, as with many cable providers, but not with wireless.  Here is my previous post on net neutrality.  Here are Robert Litan and Hal Singer, defending the Google-Verizon arrangement.


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