Internet: public good or for-profit?
Justin Johnson, associate professor of economics, commented on the shifting
landscape of Internet neutrality regulations
in the Christian Science Monitor (March 16).
The key question being faced by regulators is
whether the Internet has become so vital to
national welfare that it should be run for the
public good, rather than as a for-profit business. Internet service
providers argue that they should be able to identify what users are
willing to pay more to get, and what they can't live without, the
"In many ways, that's actually a very powerful argument," says Johnson. "And that's in some sense the basis of the capitalist system, which is we charge people for resources that they use, and hopefully that encourages efficient investment."