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Comment Re:OK, forget about the slums. (Score 1) 325

When a company decides to claim a monopoly on a service (and when you purchase a franchise from a community or state government you generally wind up having a monopoly in that area)
Bzzzzt. The telephone companies would not be having to ask any local government for permission to do anything if they were not offering TV. It's illegal already for a local government to interfere with a purely telecom-related upgrade. And there is a minimum of two providers (the two satellite companies) available to every American, before considering cable or the telecoms. Hence, no monopoly.

Some programming languages manage to absorb change, but withstand progress. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982