voice independant voice recognition
When I first read that, I thought you meant voice recognition without the need for a voice. I thought, "Now that's a trick!"
And no bullshit about Britney or Obama ordering a burger, etc. Then you got something that is worth my money.
I think you hit the crux of the matter. Most newspapers/news sites today just churn out bullshit stories that you can read about from any of a thousand other sites. Just like physical objects, people won't pay for information if they can get it for free somewhere else.
You would run into a situation where the rich can send their kids to better schools, and they get better jobs, and then they make more money, and send their kids to better schools, who make more money. Later on you run into a situation where poor people won't be able to afford school. Two more or less permanent classes. The death of the American dream.
The American Dream relies on capitalism. The idea behind the American Dream is that you can come up with a great idea or a good business and move up through the social ranks from poor to rich. If the government gives monopolies to large companies, that pushes out the possibility that someone can come along with a better idea and sell it. That is when the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Only with a fair playing field (such as government owned last mile) will the poor have a chance to compete (in the ISP example, no one is actually "poor", but you get the idea).
In 1914, the first crossword puzzle was printed in a newspaper. The creator received $4000 down ... and $3000 across.