I asked this question on IOTA's forum here:
One of the founders from IOTA Come-From-Beyond (Sergey Ivancheglo) responded with this comment:
"However, given that IOTA collects no fees and does not reward node operators, what actual plausible incentives exist for running one?" -- How are Bitcoin node operator rewarded? Answer my question and you'll probably get the answer to your own question.
I'm curious how someone knowledgeable about Bitcoin would respond to this question and comparison? Can this question about IOTA's network incentives and viability be answered by asking the same question about Bitcoin?
What are your thoughts about this?