Originally Posted by Project2501
So? Network building and maintenance costs something, and people transfer bits over that network. From that you can count what is the price for one bit. Very simple. That bit costs the same regardless of the phone set it was consumed on, does it not? Now, building a phone costs something, and those costs are the same, regardless of operator who will provide the service for that phone? No one is saying that operators aren't allowed to set the price for the bit, but why should they be allowed to set the price for the phone, or dictate to what network that phone can connect to? Apparently it takes government to draw the lines for greed. On markets where huge initial investments are needed and/or existing players actually are monetizing government built architecture, new players just can't enter to market and free market just can sort things out.
I agree 100%. Which is why I've always viewed the role of government in a capitalist society to be an entity which balances the interests of the population at large with the interests of the those who invest and only look at the bottom line.
Call it greed, call it self-interest, call it whatever names you like, it's what forms the economic basis of society. I'm sure you put your money somewhere (the bank, retirement, stocks, bonds), and you want to get the best interest rate for that money. Where do you think that interest comes from? So you are a silent participator in the process.
However, there are times where economic interest may not be what's best for society/humanity (eg. in relation to environmental concerns, poor labour conditions, etc). However, no single company will step up and take responsibility because it will put them at a disadvantage when competing with others. There's just no incentive there. So it's the role of the government to step in and say that everyone has to take responsibility and play by the same rules. Unfortunately, with globalization, this is much tougher to enforce (no single government can do it).
This is relevant to the iPhone issue because, while certainly not as important as the environment, the government of France is regulating the cellular industry in a way that it feels is best for the population of France at large (which I agree with). So I applaud them for taking a stance on it. However, as with legislating poor environmental and poor labour conditions, corporations will just take their business to other countries to avoid those laws.