Are the USPTO that incompetent?
It's been explained to me that this is standard MO for the USPTO. They never check patents before a cursory glance, and only when it is challenged do they actually look into the merits of it. Apparently this is because they just don't have (anywhere near) the amount of manpower they would need to keep up with the vast number of incoming patent applications.
Anyone know how true this is?
Savage and his colleagues assume
Well there's your problem...
With the landmark Net Neutrality ruling this week will larger providers try to move to similar price models?
Why would they? The one has nothing to do with the other. If anything, since providers can now be payed at the back end as well, they could in theory lower prices at the front end. In theory.