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1. Based on your reading of the two papers by Clark, what are the main strengths/successes of the ARPANET/Internet architecture? What are the main weaknesses? (One paragraph each.)
2. What are the differences between a natural monopoly, a regulated monopoly, and a public utility?
3. The Internet industry has often been compared to the airline industry. Discuss (in 1-2 sentences each) how the airline industry exhibits:
(a) strong economies of scale
(b) positive network effects
(c) negative network effects