The privatization of the internet's backbone network

Rajiv C. Shah, Jay P. Kesan

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Scholars have neglected the privatization of the Internet's backbone network, despite the obvious significance of the U.S. government turning control of a powerful new communication technology over to the private sector. This article analyzes the transition from a government-sponsored backbone network to multiple commercially owned backbone networks. The authors also analyze the implications of the privatization on the Internet's governance, competition, and performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-109
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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