. It was too expensive to build out the infrastructure w/o a guaranteed profit
Complete bullshit, multiple levels of ignorance.
First level: It was not too expensive to build out the infrastructure without guaranteed profits because there are plenty of fucking places that didnt grant guaranteed profits but still got cable companies that wanted in You are basically lying right now. You are saying something thats not true in order to justify an argument that doesnt have true justifications that you can easily sell to us.
Second level: Businesses that have guaranteed profits are not part of the free market. They are part of the very thing you appear to be arguing against, but somehow amazingly you dont see the problem with actually using the thing you should despise as a justification for your argument. You are basically saying that businesses should have guaranteed profits, and that we better get the god damed federal government involved to make their monopoly a federal level institution rather than just a local one, and make sure that it guarantees them profits for ever.
What the fuck is wrong with you people. The problem is the monopoly. The monopoly is created in your local government. They gave it to these companies. The federal government isnt the solution. The solution is that instead of complaining on slashdot about how apathetic you are about local politics, you stop being so fucking apathetic about local politics.