7 J. on Telecomm. & High Tech. L. 19 (2009)
Antitrust Oversight of an Antitrust Dispute: An Institutional Perspective on the Net Neutrality Debate

handle is hein.journals/jtelhtel7 and id is 21 raw text is: ANTITRUST OVERSIGHT OF AN ANTITRUST
DISPUTE: AN INSTITUTIONAL PERSPECTIVE
ON THE NET NEUTRALITY DEBATE
JONATHAN E. NUECHTERLEIN*
INTRODUCTION        ................................................................................  20
I.     WHAT PEOPLE ARE ARGUING ABOUT WHEN THEY
ARGUE ABOUT NET NEUTRALITY ....................................... 22
A.   A Taxonomy of IP Networks ............................................... 22
B.   A Taxonomy ofNet Neutrality Proposals ............................ 24
1. The Anti-Blocking Principle ...................................... 26
2. Proposals for Restrictions on Access Tiering ................. 31
C.   The Antitrust Underpinnings of the Net Neutrality Debate ...... 34
1. Answering the critics of an economic approach to net
neutrality  analysis .......................................................  35
2. The economic elements of the net neutrality debate ...... 39
3. Facing up to the essential antitrust character of the
net neutrality debate ................................................... 43
II.     AVOIDING ADMINISTRATIVE REDUNDANCY IN
OVERSIGHT OF THE BROADBAND MARKET ....................... 45
A.    The FCC's Net Neutrality Initiatives .................................. 45
B.   The FTCs Net Neutrality Initiatives .................................. 49
C.   The Case Against Regulatory Redundancy .......................... 53
III.    LEAVING ANTITRUST DISPUTES TO THE ANTITRUST
A UTH  ORITIES    .........................................................................  57
A.    The Advantages of Perspective ............................................. 58
B. Challenges in Any Transition to Antitrust Oversight of Net
N eutrality  D isputes ............................................................. 63
C O N CLU  SIO N  ...................................................................................... 65
* Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP; B.A., Yale College (1986),
J.D., Yale Law School (1990). I am grateful to Lynn Charytan, Bob Hahn, Tom Hazlett, Bill
Lake, Paul Larkin, and Phil Weiser for their helpful comments, to Mary Beth Caswell for her
expert research assistance, to Brian Wolf for shepherding the article through the publication
process, and to participants in the February 2008 Silicon Flatirons Digital Broadband
Migration conference in Boulder, Colorado, where an earlier draft of this article was
presented. Although I have represented broadband companies on net neutrality issues, the
views expressed here are my own.

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