Except that monopolies are almost always created by regulation.
In the town I live in, precious few grocery stores aren't the HEB brand. There is no real competition for them and they gouge.
Why is there no competition for them? Is there something stopping another chain from opening a store and charging slightly less and taking all their customer?
In the neighborhood I life in, I can't get FiOS and the AT&T DSL options are a joke (they won't bother putting in capacity). So if you want anything but *shudder* dialup, your options are Warner, Warner, or... Warner.
Again, why are there no other choices of Cable providers? Typically, there is local regulation that makes it is a legal nightmare as well as a huge initial cost for a second company to come in. Everybody has access to poles, a company "only" has to run its own wires and presto, you have a second provider. The only problem with this is that running lines carries an enormous up front cost, which made sense to the first one to come in due to the deal with the local government (regulation again, which typically included monopoly access for a number of years as part of the deal) but it doesn't make financial sense for a new company.
The problem is how to incentivize companies to come into markets "owned" by an existing provider: 1) simplify legal process of getting necessary permits 2) Offer incentives like those offered to the initial company - something you should take up with your local government. 3) If the current provider is really "gouging" the customers, it should be no problem for the newcomer to offer a better deal and still be profitable