The only possible optimizing here has nothing to do with tmobile. This is like saying you are helping your employees by cutting their salaries in half because then they can apply for welfare. Optimized!
Obviously he stopped doing what he was doing when they "tried" (ie: did) stop him. Actually, JSTOR weren't even after him, once he returned the articles he downloaded, they were satisfied. Only NO HARMED PARTY (tm) at all was still trying to crucify him.
Even with contract law, "scraping" means sifting through for specific information, which is not what he was doing. I can't find anywhere that alleges he agreed to any agreements or broke any. I thought he was given a guest account by the university and didn't even have to sign up himself. Link?
It may have been possible that he was ignorant about it at some point, but if he is preparing a video speech about it after knowing there is controversy, he would have done some due diligence. You don't need to be an engineer to understand "the only thing we are doing is limiting all movies to 1.5 mb/s"
He could be willfully ignorant. For the bigwigs though, they don't have to actually be ignorant, it is enough that you can't prove they are not.
Throttling can certainly help with optimization (not for the person being throttled obviously, but for the others). It's still throttling though. Intentionally limiting movie traffic to 1.5mb/s is not just semantically throttling, not just technically throttling, its every sense of the word throttling. Even the "strangling a person" one.
I also fail to see how it will make it any better.. Mostly because of the price. 25$ for basic cable + 9$ (or higher, whatever the ala cart price will be) for the 1 channel you actually want is close to what we are paying now anyway for the current basic package.
Add to that the fact that often cable here today is bundled with phone and internet (from the same company) and you can guarantee they are going to claim this regulation is strangling them and are going to have them all using it as an excuse to raise their internet and telecom rates such that your bundle will cost more than it did before.
I have a hard time seeing this ending with extra money in my pocket even if I want only a single channel.
You're projecting. I'm not American, but it's not that I'm so impressed by free speech, it's that I know what censorship means. There are exactly 2 reasons to censor something, because you are corrupt and trying to manipulate the truth to your own ends or because you are scared their argument is so compelling that you can't offer decent counter.
Besides, they are going to start another world war sooner or later anyway.. :) Those that try to hide the past are doomed to repeat it.