Stuck in neutral?

Stuck in neutral?

The future of internet user charges

New habits, demands and devices that allow internet access everywhere are rapidly increasing traffic. The need for new infrastructure to cope with bandwidth-hungry applications and customers has raised the stakes in the debate about who should pay.

So-called “net neutrality” advocates maintain that internet service providers should only charge end-users. Others argue that content providers, such as Google, should bear some of the cost. This bulletin examines the competing policy options.