You probably still need to spend over the 6 dollar amount anyway as you probably want a dedicated provider not to mention that some ISP's use bandwidth caps so even with Usenet you have a cost.
I do look forward to internet only channels, I could see some local college underground providing better news, and coverage then some of the local boys. I also like the idea that this could usher in the age of more customer choice.
I look forward to this aspect as the more content we have available online, the advertising costs will come down. then I can block out the advertisers and only get the content I want. Just waiting for a online only, not netflix show that really takes off.
I think the local providers should be taking note, as this should be a wake up call for them. I don't watch much local content, and if I could get everything off the net I would be happy. I really don't care much for commercials. I understand the concept and how we need to pay for content and how this only happens with advertising. But the more content that is online the better everyone is as far as I am concerned.