Your theory has a huge problem. Net Neutrality wasn’t regulated until just a few years ago. Companies have had a couple decades to innovate in the way you describe, but that hasn’t happened. They’ve had time to work through financing models to serve lower-income communities and improve technology, but they haven’t done it. Net Neutrality only became a thing when companies started to evaluate content on the wire as a way to generate revenue rather than actually improving their offering. The feds stepped in to preclude abuse of the system. But suddenly it was this legislation itself that got blamed for preventing their innovation? In practical terms nothing has really changed except the protections (intrusion?) against corporate abuse.
I’m all in favor of new ideas and new business models, and the ethos of the American system is bent in that direction. What’s wrong with addressing concerns of both abuse and of corporate ability to innovate? Many laws have flaws and we should strive to improve upon them. Unfortunately there is an all or nothing mindset, not to fix what’s broken but to completely dismantle whatever is in place without regard for whatever good it does. (And then to claim that something “better” will be devised “later”, somehow better and later never come.)
The problem here is that repealing Net Neutrality now conveys a message that Non-Neutrality is an approved and encouraged way to monetize, where for the last 20 years that hasn’t been a thing either. All that does is empower those with the ability to use this “free market” to start limiting how the free internet has been used. None of us benefit from this.
Let’s be honest. This has nothing to do with what we’re discussing. It’s just another in a stream of initiatives to repeal anything that’s been put into place over the previous eight years. It’s not progressive or even conservative. It’s regressive and pure retribution. Despite all of the reasoning, the pretense of good intentions, like everything else (healthcare, EPA, education, consumer protections, protection of family values, the sanctity of marriage, social spending, the arts, voter’s rights, and anything else on the GOP target list), this is all just another strike against the previous administration, and a drive toward insane monetary gain and power by those who already have it and seek more. It’s about dying with the most toys and winning the game - and the fun of duping people along the way into believing that this is all good for them.