Well this is really the heart of this whole mess....
Should a company that sells a product in this case internet access be allowed to restrict how you use it (not including illegal activities)?
Should the electric company have the power to be able to restrict its users from using electricity to play loud music after 10pm?
Should a water company have the power to restrict its users from freezing the water to make ice?
Should a cable TV company have the ability to block any negative news reports about itself or any other company it happens to own?
In the end... I don't think ANY company should have that kind of power... I buy internet services I expect to be able to use it how I see fit.... Can I be throttled or metered yes.. if it says so in the contract... They can't tell me I must use Internet Explorer as my only web browser and I can't use ANY IM software at all.
AT&T and Apple are walking a very dangerous line right now. With the FCC taking notice they had better shape up or they run the risk of loosing a lot more power than they ever imagined.
So I gather that if you drive on the New York Thruway, for example, which you pay to do so, that you should be able to drive as fast as you want, on whatever type of vehicle you want, when you want, as long as you want, whatever you want, etc.?
In other words, you can disregard the rules of the road because you also paid for the vehicle?