Michael Katz is a professor at Berkeley and a member of the Economic Analysis and Policy Group at the Haas School of Business. He was previously the chief economist for the Federal Communications Commission, where he received the Chairman's Special Achievement Award. He has also served as deputy assistant attorney general for economic analysis in the antitrust division of the Department of Justice. He is a two-time recipient of the Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching and was an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.
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In an interview with Quartz, Michael Katz argues, “I think Tim Wu coming up with the name net neutrality was really brilliant because it sounds really good … But it is a really bad idea at a fundamental level.”
“I think that net neutrality proponents have failed to put forth any coherent notion of fairness in support of the policy.”
Michael Katz examines what he sees is the lack of economic logic underlying the FCC’s 2015 decision to impose network neutrality protections and regulations.
“Network neutrality is supposed to promote continuing Internet innovation by restricting the ability of network owners to give certain traffic priority based on the content or application being carried or on the sender's willingness to pay. The problem is that these restrictions would prohibit practices that could increase the value of the Internet for customers.”
Michael Katz critiques net neutrality and argues that the FCC misread his work.