Everyone and anyone is free to start up their own cable company if they choose.
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rumblefish - correct, but there is nothing preventing FIOS from coming here other than their own business decision. Comcast will not have a monopoly because they won't have exclusive control. People like to use the term monopoly incorrectly.
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verizon running fios has noting to do with permission, it has to do with number of customers in area to justify service
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They are no more a monopoly than WalMart or McDonalds. There is absolutely nothing preventing more than one cable company from serving a community -- all cable franchises in New York State are non-exclusive. Others simply choose not to compete in most areas. A local exception is FIOS up in the Buffalo area - in direct competition with Time Warner.
Do you realize this has little to do with the money we might have to pay...and EVERYTHING to do with our freedoms, including the freedom of choice?
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"Whoever controls the media, controls the mind" J Morrison
Of course it is a monopoly. It does not matter that there are other options, as for cable companies, this would create a monopoly.
The fear is then that we all could have to be subjected to similar viewpoints.
One company owning the majority of all cable in this Country is a monopoly. They can charge what they want, air what they want, and pretty much set guidelines for themselves.
Just like Ma bell. It is becoming ONE cable company for the entire Country.
Now, I am a progressive, fighting for a fundamental conservative value, of FREE ENTERPRISE. No ONE company having the monopoly over the others. Each having the same opportunities as the other.
This is a huge threat not only to our system of free and competitive enterprise, but that of diversity in opinions and viewpoints.
Does it really matter if you get mugged and robbed by Al Capone or Don Vito Corleone?
We should go to the European model. There companies compete for business, there could be 10 different providers in one town it keeps the price down and the service up when you have to compete for business. Imagine that, capitalism working in such socialistic countries.
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As a retiree of "Ma Bell" who worked for the "same" company under about 5 different names before retiring. the FCC declaring a company a monopoly is the biggest joke! Ma Bell simply created different names for different sections and we all continued our jobs with no differences except in the name we went by. "Ma Bell whether you call it Bell Atlantic, NYNEX, New York Telephone or Verizon is STILL Ma Bell! They simply got around being called a monopoly. There were other names for the south and west as well. I still get dividend checks from various co. names but it all boils down to ONE company. Monopoly? What a joke. ComCast will simply change the names of it's sections like we did and continue on. End of Story! Oh, they will of COURSE increase our rates..at which point I will buy from Dish or Direct TV. Oh for the good old days of Adelphia! They may have been embezellers but the service and prices were great!
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The main problem with the dish companies is they have contracts like cell phone companies. They may now adhere to them like the cell companies do, but they could if they wanted to if you decided to leave early. The same for DSL. The main advantage cable has (currently) is that they have no minimum term contracts. You can turn on/off or change your package on a whim if you want to.
No. When you have the choices available that we currently have, this merger is not a monopoly. Not for Internet access, not for tv coverage, not for telephone lines. There is competition for tv (Dish, Directv, antenna), Internet (cable or DSL, or satellite, but that is not too great), and phone (land line or cell). The market is still in a competitive mode, even with a major player/competitor to ComCast out of the way. It doesn't reall matter here, since, for example, Verizon will probably never get the permissions needed to run fiber on the existing utility poles in the area. But, that probably is not much of a consideration for them since WNY population is shrinking anyway. Why would they ever bother in a habitually shrinking market?
you wouldn't happen to have anything against the cops? ;)
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Explain to me why anyone would go to Direct TV? I have Dish and there is much more to offer. I think Direct TV was the first but their customer service is lousy. Bottom line in all this is the FCC and they were supposed to be looking out for the little guy but apparently not!
The problem is many of us don't see it as a monopoly since even if all the cable companies merge into one massive corporation there are still other options, as I mentioned earlier. Not only is there DirecTV and Dish Network but there are also a large number of streaming services.
Even HBO, which has long opposed streaming, is now looking into streaming their content.
Additionally local governments long ago created cable monopolies in their areas, so for example in the Dunkirk/Fredonia area what does it matter how many cable companies there are across the country when they are limited to Time Warner?
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Charging tripple for propaganda and programs with back talk from toddlers. Yeah who is stupid in this picture? Wonder why people are stressed and sick?
Once we recognize it is all about reading our minds and selling and selling and selling we can see it doesn't matter and get a grasp on what is important to our lives. When I retire I will go to the library to read email and have a wonderful, peaceful home again. They will probably put my water & electric on a cable by then. Gotta have a plan,lol.
The Federal Government is a monopoly... so why should I care if a cable company becomes one?
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Cable or satellite cost essentially the same, so you do have another choice, despite being the same cost. A good 'ol TV antenna does still work and service is free. Yes, you can go to the Internet for some programming. No, rates are not controlled by the government, at least not anymore. Clinton's cable deregulation bill saw to that and rates went through the roof almost immediately. And cable doesn't have to cost a lot - I pay less than $20 a month for mine and I get most of the channels I need (yes, there's a couple I don't get that I'd like to, but oh well, I've survived).
Yes. Our GOVERNMENT was(oh sorry. IS)to watch out for our best interests. That's why they broke up Ma Bell years ago because she got so big. Now what do we have today? Everytime you read another article it's about some company acquiring another company because it's supposed to benefit their consumers? I DO NOT THINK SO!!
I have direct TV and have had only a couple of outages over the past 6 or 7 years.
Don't get your knickers in a knot just go to Direct TV.
there are no problems with monopolies. How do we know that? cronig says so under his education posts. monopolies are great. we have the govt as a monoploy. I have posted many times now it was the intention of govt, started by the progressives to limit competition and drive out the smaller companies. Why ? keep prices stable, that means up.
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Who cares. It's not like we had a choice of one or the other to begin with. The prices they charge are controlled by the government. Well that may be a problem.
As a consumer, to not be concerned with ANY industry becoming a monopoly is mind-boggling, b/c the choice is then; pay or go without. It now appears we disagree just for the sake of doing so, and no other reason.
When OPEC decides to raise a barrel of oil to $150/per, you can always buy a bicycle.
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All one has to do if the price increases is get Dish or Direct TV. While you may experience a break in service during a storm that far out weighs the cost. Also, you can get an internet package throw in and still save a buck.
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