Originally Posted by superstition222
Free market is a myth.
When there is a group of people government happens. When government happens regulation happens. When regulation happens there are restrictions on marketing.
The thing a lot of people forget is that high-quality regulation increases quality of life, not the opposite. Regulation has been turned into a bad word by industry propaganda but there's another word that can be substituted for it: rules.
People who think life is best without rules need to think a bit more. The real issue is balancing the freedom to act with the freedom to not cause damage.
Whoa bro!!! Are you implying that we shouldn't
blindly trust the benevolent guidance of the free market's invisible hand?! At the end of the day, the "free" market is always above contempt, and, after all, is ultimately steered by the decisions of infallible human actors, so the invisible hand ALWAYS prizes the common good above special interests! I mean, just leave mega multinational city state corporations alone, stop bullying them! With no oversight, they would definitely have the best interests of the most average base consumer at heart at all times. What could POSSIBLY go wrong?
Originally Posted by Diffident
Something like this will never happen. This isn't the same as cable tv packages. Cables companies pay for the right to broadcast each channel. ISP's don't pay for the right to carry a particular web site. To charge money to access a particular web site would be a violation of trademark and copyright law, the same way it is illegal to charge admission to watch the Super Bowl or for retailers to have "Super Bowl" Sales without paying for a license agreement.
Most ISP's are monoplies which puts them under antitrust laws that already exist, and these laws are what should be used to prevent these things from happening.
Uh, something like this could and would most definitely happen if ISP's and the larger content creators had their way. Cable cutting is finally starting to inflict some real pain on major media now, see: recent ESPN layoffs, or, popularity of Sling. The problem is that a la carte media consumption hurts the bottom line of mega media, and thus the telco corps that broadcast their transmissions. Their ultimate goal is to maximize revenue every. single. fiscal. quarter, and you can guarantee that if something lies in a gray area today, they will nudge and probe ways to push the boundaries so that tomorrow, it is accepted reality. If they get "caught", no biggie; just pay a fine and try another avenue.
If "Net Neutrality" made no difference whatsoever, why did the Comcasts and Verizons of the world fight so hard against it? Not to imply that Net Neutrality is/was some flawless, omnipotent platinum shield of pro-consumer regs, far from it, but you always have to follow the money.Edited by btupsx - 5/1/17 at 5:18am