2 Colum. Sci. & Tech. L. Rev. 1 (2000-2001)

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SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY LAW REVIEW
http://www.law.columbia.edu/stlr
Privatization and Commercialization of the Internet
Infrastructure:
Rethinking Market Intervention into Government and Government
Intervention into the Market*
Brett Frischmann
INTRODUCTION
While some, if not many, people imagine that the Internet is and
should continue to be the product of pure, free market competition, this
view ignores reality.' The U.S. government funded much of the early
Copyright C 2001 Brett Frischmann.
* Cite as Brett Frischmann, Privatization and Commercialization of the Internet
Infrastructure: Rethinking Market Intervention into Government and Government
Intervention into the Market, 2 COLUM. ScL. & TECH. L. REv. 1 (June 8, 2001)
<http://www.stlr.org/cite.cgi?volume=2&article=1>.
Attorney with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C.; J.D., Georgetown
University Law Center; M.S., B.A., Columbia University.  The author thanks David
Bollier, Julie Cohen, Louise Gibney, Brian Kahin, Jay McDannell and Dan Moylan for
their review of earlier drafts and helpful comments. In addition, he thanks Chin Yoo and
the staff of the Columbia Science & Technology Law Review for their excellent editorial
assistance. The views presented are solely those of the author.
See e.g., Steve Bickerstaff, Shackles on the Giant: How the Federal Government
Created Microsoft, Personal Computers, and the Internet, 78 TEX. L. Rv. 1 (1999)
(arguing persuasively that the federal government played a significant role in the
Copyright C 2001 The Columbia Science and Technology Law Review. AllRights Reserved

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