The POV of us “anti” people all along is “why are you putting regs in place to keep the ISPs from doing things they won’t do anyway?”
Since the NN dustup a few weeks ago, I’ve been besigned with hypotheticals from frantic individuals. “What if my ISP does this?” What if they do that? What if What if What if…..”
There have been three answers to all these questions:
- If they do that (whatever THAT is), then they’re going to lose subscribers. Nothing is more important to these people than subscribers. A subscriber is worth $50–$200 a month because of the packages; they are not going to jeopardize that by gating Netflix to make you buy Hulu for $10 a month.
- If they conspire to all provide the same sort of gating services, then that’s a violation of existing antitrust laws. Which is why they won’t do that, because nothing scares a corporation more than the government thinking about breaking them up.
- If something else comes up, there is still the option to lodge an FTC complaint, or, obviously, switch services.