It's funny how you knee-jerk into corporate-shill-speak.
You know this is bad...for consumers, for the internet, and it was a corporate decision purely to boost profits, and may even be illegal.
Sometimes, corporations aren't pure & holy bastions of sacred capitalism, they're assholes out to screw the American people for a buck and abusers of the free market. And when they overstep, they should be smacked back into place.
“When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.” - P. J. O’Rourke
“Socialism is great until you run out of someone elses money” Margaret Thatcher
Hmmm...And was your father's reason for getting into business to give away that labor for free because it served the community better? I am interested in what "impulses" you think the government needs to control? profit? success? Because without those things, there won't be any business to "serve the interest of the consumer."
See, I'm anti-welfare. Anti-corporate welfare, in particular. Corporate welfare destroys the free market system.
Ok, if that is so, although I don't see any farmers not using water, however he very well could have used his own supply. I am curious though, as a farmer, there are taxes to pay, and most businesses pass those along in the cost of the goods. Are you saying that your dad ate those?