Internet or Else, Peasants!

What we have in the spat between Internet-based and cable-based video providers is a conflict between technologies that can only be resolved in the Internet’s favor by changing its network architecture to something more friendly to high-value content, mass distribution, and consumer choice. The alternative proposed by Porter, Wu, and Crawford is to force TV consumers off cable and onto the Internet by imposing irrational price increases on cable TV, as if content creators weren’t raising prices enough already.