Wish we had FIOS, but where we live, we're lucky to even have cable modems/Internet access and digital cable.
Where we are, the local city council (a board of 4 or 5 people) decided on which ONE cable company to go with (i.e. to get stuck with), which supplies service to the whole
town. At one time it was Time Warner...but that got bought out by Charter Communcations...which then, in this one area of the state of PA, got bought out by some obscure (at the time) cable company called Atlantic Broadband. I consider us to be lucky to even have 7 HD channels. Sometimes I wish we did
have Comcast...other areas of PA do. At least they have a decent selection of HD programming.
We've had some kind of increase in prices for our cable service at least once a year for the past few years now...the most recent just a couple of months ago. With all the talk about new cable boxes with CableCards, etc. I expect we'll get stuck with another increase to cover that, too. (I like the HD DVR we have, thanks very much.)
I guess how good, or how bad, one's situation is all depends on one's perspective.
I agree...competition IS a good thing. Right now there's just 1 show in town, and we don't have a choice in the matter. Kinda sucks.