ScanIAm: Ok your turn to show me where government regulation helps innovation.
mstefanik: ScanIAm and I were talking about the local ISP's. Long run fiber like L3 runs or others which go city to city is not the problem. You are right there is plenty of bandwidth there. Netflix could also lease those lines to totally avoid long run traffic problems. If you are willing to wait 15 minutes for your movie Netflix could use satellites to beam to you house. (using some caching of course). The local guy like Comcast does not like their bandwidth sucked up by Netflix who gets their money from Comcast customers. If Netflix was a small guy showing youtube videos Comcast does not care. If you become a big player then you have to start paying a toll because the local guy wants his share. Its how normal greed works. Does the IRS audit people making 20k or less? Its all unfair but it is how the world has worked since the beginning of time. If you think the government saying that the packets should all be free and the same priority will make things better you are in for a big surprise. If that happens look for your local ISP to put in caps just like your cellphone provider.