It has come to my attention that the big telecom providers are launching some big infrastructural projects recently (at the time of post, Jan. 2018). I presume by that they mean talking laying cables and related activities. Supposedly this is being at least partially attributed to the repeal of net neutrality.
Question: What is it about net neutrality that would impact the profitability of these projects? Would it be fair to compare this to the price of gold and mining? If the costs to mine gold (per unit) outweigh the trading price of gold (per unit), the miners close up shop; and likewise if net-neutrality hurts the big telecom companies' margins enough for them to forego big projects?
Or what is really behind the incentives here?