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Wireless Net Neutrality Redux

Tim Wu’s paper, Wireless Net Neutrality: Cellular Carterfone on Mobile Networks, continues to draw reactions. This one is a bit puzzling:
First, Wu writes as if this were a new issue. Just like the broader debate over network neutrality, in reality this is another version of an extensively debated topic: when should a network operator be forced to allow users particular types of access to its network? Wu ignores the history of this type of regulation.

Wireless Net Neutrality? by Scott Wallsten, Progress Snapshot, Release 3.2 February 2007,

Puzzling because the subtitle of Wu’s paper mentions Carterfone, as in the FCC decision that began net neutrality as we know it. Wu’s paper proceeds to discuss Carterfone on several pages, even including a picture of the actual physical object. Continue reading