said by munky99999:
Regulating the data costs toward the actual cost plus very comfortable profit margin. This fixes the problem.
The questions are
1} Whats the actual cost?
These companies have already paid top dollar (at auction as highest bidder) for the right to use specific frequency for a specific purpose. It's value is very high due to limited availability (FCC is currently considering PAYING other broadcasters (mostly TV) to reclaim those parts of the spectrum, which they can then resell at a much higher price.
(This is the FCC solution to limited spectrum resources, hoping to flood the market, and create NEW windows for competition)
2} What is a reasonable profit for investors? Who took the risk of buying frequency, building a network (towers, back haul, network equipment and business systems) knowing that it could become worth much less, very quickly (with less than adequate return) should the FCC release more frequency ONLY to new competition.)
Comparing OUR market to the EU or anywhere else)rarely is a good analog (Tax and business policy is far different there)
Yet much of the world continues to invest heavily in the US (as US citizens SHOULD be doing) because the profit is possible) remove the profit motive and investors will flock elsewhere (not just telco investors, but across the board) which would kill our economy.
Many reason exist not to over regulate at this time.