There is a sentiment being consolidated in discussion of new forms of media that the removal of problems that bottlenecks pose for media pluralism will satisfy democratic concerns about the function of the media. Elimination of bottlenecks, it is said, will provide an environment where such pluralism can flourish and thereby ensure that a wide range of materials can be made available to audiences and readerships. In this chapter, I will argue that, on the contrary if the democratic potential of the media-or, indeed, communications more generally-is really valued, then the creation or preservation of some kinds of bottlenecks will be essential. That is because the securing of media pluralism is only a necessary but not sufficient condition for realising such democratic potential. The constriction in the flow of information that ‘bottleneck’ implies is not itself the issue. Rather, it is the uses to which the constriction may be put that raise the significant questions for regulatory design. Furthermore, the fact that these issues have generally been explored in relation to the more traditional mass media does not make them less relevant in the developing global information setting.