Ask for access from who? The people they are trying to convict? Obviously this would be kept in reserve for that rare case when they are not inclined to help with the investigation for some wierd reason :)
I would say it's much more like the reason is because of pressure from the copyright holders. There isn't any reason I can think of that Netflix itself would have any interest in partitioning it's service by country, but they will probably get sued if they don't play the lip service game properly.
I actually feel a whole lot safer just with the "passing the 100 murder" headline we started with. 20 Years it's been around? 60 million people per month use it in the U.S. alone? It's record is wayyy better than I would have assumed.
It's not about control, it's about legislative capture. It's about money for nothing. Notice for all the raving they do about piracy, the laws they buy are never actually to fight piracy, they are to give them longer copyrights, more things that copyright covers, less freedom for people to reuse content they already bought, etc. Piracy doesn't just "not hurt their bottom line", it's the golden goose.
Avengers was an outlier, Jurassic World was an outlier, Frozen, Furious 7, Gone with the Wind, etc ad nauseum. There are no outliers, there are movies people care about going to see and movies people don't .
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.