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  •  Yes, if that is what it takes. (1+ / 0-)
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    slapshoe

    Are you saying we don't have such parallelism in other sectors?

    And there is no "natural monopoly". The people own the airwaves, we are free to do with them as we please. I think you seized on defending AT&T, and didn't think through the rest of my comment.

    I believe we were better off, and there were more jobs, before we allowed a handful of companies to buy up all major media outlets from radio to tv. Call me inefficient, but I much prefer radio stations to have the flexibility to cater to their actual market and to break new talent which enlarges the market.

    I'm sorry, but my service has eroded and the price increased as a result of SBC being allowed to mutate back into Ma Bell.And don't get me started on overpriced, too slow, internet service.

    So yeah, give me more competition in phone service, ISP's, music , etc...

    "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

    by sebastianguy99 on Thu Jul 21, 2011 at 11:00:52 AM PDT

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    •  If we got "more competition" (0+ / 0-)

      and better service at lower cost that would be fine . . . but in my experience that's not what happens.  I live in a tower-phobic community where ATT has good coverage in some areas and T-Mobile in others . . . adding more towers so that both can give universal good coverage just isn't going to happen.  Merging the networks, however, will give better coverage to subscribers on both systems.

      As for "natural monopoly", that's exactly what "the airwaves" are.  We can split them up and get inferior service from a lot of competing companies, or treat them as what they are and build a regulated single network that better serves everyone.  I prefer the latter, for the simple reason that I prefer more reliable and more universal coverage . . . something that "competing" networks fail (and will continue to fail, as long as there is resistance to new towers) to provide.  We've already got another independent network in Verizon . . . how many more do we need?

      Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

      by Deward Hastings on Thu Jul 21, 2011 at 11:18:49 AM PDT

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      •  Well you prefer an AT&T monopoly, I don't (0+ / 0-)

        Many others don't. I thought we were supposed to let the free market decide how many we needed, not AT&T?

        There are also some security and civil rights issues with a monopoly.

        Again, my comment was much broader than the pending rebirth of Ma Bell. But apparently you don't want to discuss breaking up the media companies and enforcing antitrust laws. Oh well, good luck to y'all with your merger.

        "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

        by sebastianguy99 on Thu Jul 21, 2011 at 11:54:31 AM PDT

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        •  First, you ignore Verizon . . . (0+ / 0-)

          which offers an alternate competing system, and then leap from that ignorance directly to "monopoly".  Then you ignore "regulated" . . . something already done with other utilities (how many water companies, cable companies or power companies in your town?).

          I frankly don't care whether the cell phone provider I use is called ATT or T-Mobile, as long as I get good coverage and reliable service.  I see no point in maintaining the two as separate-but-inferior networks . . .

          As for the "free market" deciding . . . that's what's happening now.  I'd rather a regulatory agency do it (although that's not without its flaws too) than suffer the waste and inferior service of duplicated and overlapping systems.

          Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

          by Deward Hastings on Thu Jul 21, 2011 at 12:27:53 PM PDT

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