Re: Postal Service
Netflix shouldn't have to pay *more* as they have already paid for their connection. And my ISP has already been well paid to deliver *whatever* data I pick, be it Netflix, a buddy's home video they are self-serving, or a zillion e-mails.
But, you do make a good point about trusting the FCC at all. However, at least with the ISPs classified as utilities, it becomes more obvious when the law is being broken... it isn't just this vague 'consumer's interest' stuff. But ultimately, no, so long as the FCC is in pay of lobbiests, we can't fully trust them. We'll need regulation on lobbying efforts to fix that, but that's a whole other broader problem.
And, we don't need more investment, we just need ISPs to actually invest in the infrastructure, rather than just pocketing obscene profits. For example, I pay my ISP over $80/mo and the amount of data I typically transfer (and I'm a fairly heavy user) costs them under $0.50, all costs included. They can take a bit of that $79.50 in profits and there should be plenty to re-invest.