What currently prohibits network broadcasters from making their content available directly to their audience via the internet? I understand bandwidth limitations, but those will be addressed. (I'm thinking of FTTP - Yes, I know it's still far off for most, but it's closer to reality for some these days.) Copyright protections are in place for digital transmissions already. The networks' current business model (i.e. advertising & rebroadcasting rights) can easily be addressed. What I'm wondering is, eventually, what's to prevent the existing content producers from cutting out the pipeline companies (satellite/cable)? And what say would the FCC have over internet-based broadcasts?