GAMRican saidThere is an old saying, "Don't just own the store when you can own the street."
Amazon is working on owning the street.
Well that was my question. This would be an actual wireless network, not a web site on another provider's system. And whether it's mainly for Kindle downloads would be immaterial.
Controlling the delivery, distribution & sales of your own product is one of the aspects of a vertical monopoly. (A horizontal monopoly is when you exclusively control a single aspect of an industry, for instance becoming the only creator & seller of software in the US)
Historical examples of vertical monopolies were in the energy and steel industries, where companies owned the raw resources, the refineries and factories, the transportation network, and the product outlets. The courts also made Hollywood movie studies divest themselves of the theatres they owned. It's difficult to believe today, but once there were Loew's theatres that only showed MGM movies.
So it's in this context that I wonder if Amazon would face restraint-of-trade legal actions if it did develop its own wireless network to distribute Kindle material.