Hazlett: Net Has Never Been Neutral and Shouldn't Be

Tells Hudson Institute crowd that Internet was built on players paying each other

Clemson Professor Tom Hazlett, one of the panelists for an Oct. 2 FCC net neutrality forum on the economics of broadband, provided a preview at a Hudson Institute forum Oct. 1 and the takeaway was that the Internet has never been neutral, with players paying each other, which he said was a good thing.  

He said that the Internet has been built on fast and slow lanes, favoring some content over others, blocking, and money changing hands for that, which he called a wonderful marketplace development that has fueled the growth of the 'net.  

Contracts are features, not bugs, of the system, he said.

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