Originally Posted by ajwees41
what About areas that don't have AT&T U-Verse that are about the same size do they have more than one local cable provider?
Yes, lots of them. The problem isn't with a cableco holding a local monopoly, it's finding a second company who thinks they can make money in a specific area.
Many metropolitan areas have what is called a cable overbuilder. From Wiki:
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 gave way for more competition to enter the cable TV market. Encouraged by this law a number of investors, led by local telephone companies, established competitive broadcast cable services in markets across the country. These entities became known in the industry as 'cable overbuilders,' meaning they would build new cable infrastructure into areas where there were existing cable systems.
The two largest cable overbuilders are Wide Open West (WOW) & RCN.
WOW is in metro areas of Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Columbus, Evansville, and with the recent acquisition of Knology (another cable overbuilder) they will add Lawrence, Athens, Huntsville, Lanett, Montgomery, Valley, Prattville, and Dothan in Alabama, Augusta, Columbus, and West Point in Georgia, Panama City and Pinellas County in Florida, Charleston in South Carolina, Knoxville in Tennessee, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, and Watertown in South Dakota.
RCN is in metro areas of Boston, Chicago, District of Columbia, Leigh Valley, New York City, and Philadelphia.
So as you can see, it's entirely possible for an area to have more than one cable company to choose from. All it takes is someone who thinks it's a good investment.