Oh, I wonder what's going to happen!
"Of course, they could also cement their regional monopolies, boot the smaller ISPs of the network entirely and finance their operations by raising the rates the end user pays. It's now entirely up to them, after all."
Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!
Wow - and just when AT&T was starting to give the pinch to Comcast (evil) in my local area, this comes along. This will, essentially, take the broadband competition in my area (a major metropolitan area in the central US) down to 2.
I'm sure that, with the playing field so limited, that they big two will, in a magical way that doesn't involve ANY collusion whatsoever (wink wink) start to leave each other alone.
(though, honestly, once the same rule wasn't applicable to cable, it was really only time until it was deemed fair that it didn't apply to telecom, either)