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Free-ridership in the standards-setting process

Weiss, Martin BH and Toyokuku, Ronald T (1996) Free-ridership in the standards-setting process. StandardView, 4 (4). 205 - 212. ISSN 1067-9936

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<jats:p> In many cases, standards have public goods attributes. As a result it is important to consider how the development costs are provided. It is well known that public goods, due to their nonexclusionary nature, are subject to free riders. We consider free-ridership in standardization in general, and examine the case of one standard, IEEE 802.3 <jats:italic>i</jats:italic> (10BaseT) in particular. We show that free-ridership existed in the development of the 10BaseT standard, and in the subsequent product market, by specifying the criteria for the existence of free-ridership and by providing the necessary data to show that such an issue actually exists. We discuss the consequences of free-ridership and consider the implications for the standards development process in general. </jats:p>


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Weiss, Martin BHmbw@pitt.eduMBW0000-0001-6785-0913
Toyokuku, Ronald T
Date: December 1996
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: StandardView
Volume: 4
Number: 4
Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Page Range: 205 - 212
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1145/243492.243508
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Telecommunications
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1067-9936
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2010 20:11
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2021 00:55


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