Matthew Lasar at Ars brings news of another study in support of network neutrality. I remarked on his coverage of a study earlier in the week. This new argument, made by Christiaan Hogendorn of Wesleyan University, also makes a certain amount of common sense. His focus is on the social connections enabled by the internet as an open, “general purpose technology”. The more dense these inter-connections, clearly the more opportunity for exchanges of all sorts. Discriminatory practices by ISPs would disrupt the ability to connect and hence the economic opportunities possible.
The timing of these studies are no coincidence as the FCC is in the midst of sifting through the wealth of comments to their net neutrality rule making. Hopefully both studies will help offset opposing rhetoric and studies.