Two days after the United States Federal Communications Commission decided to bring "Network Neutrality" regulations to the Internet in their country, an editorial in Ars Technica is advocating that prominent corporate advocate for these changes Netflix use the rules to break its contracts with a number of Internet Service Providers by having regulators impose more favorable terms for them in their relationships with other businesses.
Already these regulations are being swiftly leveraged to favor particular commercial concerns over other entire classes of businesses far beyond what rational commercial actors would or could consent to negotiating as peers. Instead of negotiating over the allocation of costs necessary to support the provision of a service, the regulator is now positioned to command a "fair" price unrelated to actual costs involved.
This is not at all to suggest that Comcast, the popular villain of the populist network neutrality debate, is innocent in its new position as a victim. Earlier regulations and franchise agreements of the past have turned Comcast in to the arthritic beast sitting on a hoard of accumulated fiat capital. Through manipulation of favor it has reserves substantial enough to allow it to consume some of its largest rivals as well as to have acquired some businesses like NBC Universal which once imposed costs upon Comcast. Rather than being expelled from markets it "serves" by less abominable competition, through protection delivered by fiat regulations Comcast continues to simply grow.
While the unsustainability of the fiat system as a whole is assured, the continued ossification of the United States Dollar economy as a command economy through regulation raises the question of what monsters regulators will choose to nurture into the next crisis demanding outrage induced regulation.