Final Paper - Alex Gase ECO 315 Dr. Curme The Internet: A...

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Alex Gase ECO 315 Dr. Curme The Internet: A Basic Freedom or a Product of Trade? When we look at some of our basic freedoms that we possess the most basic that comes to mind would be the ‘freedom of speech’ and justifiably so; this is arguably one of the most important freedoms granted (or should be granted). Freedom of speech encompasses many different means, the most common would be by word of mouth, but the one that may be used even more is speech via the Internet. The Internet, though new to the public on many standards, has now become so commonplace and integrated into our economic system that people don’t even realize its importance in its convenience and low cost of providing. This non-rival, but excludable good has facilitated our economy in so many ways and has enabled and expedited the inclusion of a global economy, but its future looks bleak when it comes to free trade through its rising prices and potential restrictions. The Internet in all its glamour has created controversy in the crediting of broadband to its providers. Many believe that the Internet should be charged per user by the amount of data they ‘consume’ or limit users to a certain amount of data. According to Tony Werner, the chief technical officer at Comcast, in a 2009 New York Times article, “although some users may use more data or broadband they do not drive more cost” (Hansell, 2009). For example, the cost
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This note was uploaded on 10/05/2011 for the course ECON 315 taught by Professor Curme during the Spring '11 term at Miami University.

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Final Paper - Alex Gase ECO 315 Dr. Curme The Internet: A...

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