The End of the Internet?
Don't we have other options we could consider if this does happen. Broadband over electricity lines, City wide wifi...? Its not as if these companies are not irreplaceable. Though it will make things harder. What about all that fiber Google bought? Is this a result of that?
"Why should they be allowed to use my pipes? The Internet can't be free in that sense, because we and the cable companies have made an investment, and for a Google or Yahoo! or Vonage or anybody to expect to use these pipes [for] free is nuts!"
The problem with some companies is their size. Their customers are not Google or Yahoo... but us the general population. But they forget that... and you know what happens when a business forgets who your customers are.