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post #1 of 6 Old 10-30-2002, 10:55 AM - Thread Starter
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Interesting article, Bill. I particularly like the comment about cable monopolies. I still believe deregulation was a bad move for cable. Prices, skyrocketed, customer service went south, and signal quality deteriorated dramatically. Many of the local franchises are completely powerless to do anything about it, and the cable companies know it. The telcom manager for the city of Fort Lauderdale told me that he tried to get another provider in to replace AT&T, but no other cable company even wanted to bid on the contract. Until there is an even playing field (you can buy your own STB, select the programming you want, and chose the provider you want) there won't be any real competition and no real choices for consumers.
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AT&T has a lot of unhappy customers in Atlanta as well. It's interesting that the Comcast/At&T merger is so easily getting approval. They also mention that News Corp appears to have an easy road to acquiring DirecTV. I'm dreading what this will do to DirecTV.

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I am reallly disapointed that the merger didn't go though. I know many DirectTV users were against it but I think no matter what happens cable will always have the upper hand regardless.

It seems wasteful to me to have to companies broadcasting basically the exact same content. If Satellites weren' so expensive to build and deploy it might not be a big deal but I though this would be a great way to get all the locals and more HDTV content. Now we have to continue to plod along and in the end I think we advocates of HD will suffer.
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