THINKING OUT LOUD - Don't like cable rate increase? Don't get cable

There could hardly be an easier target for a newspaper columnist than a monopoly that raises its rates. There is something fundamentally wrong when you can only obtain a product from one supplier and that supplier can make the price whatever they darn well feel like. The thing is, it's not really true these days. The old-time monopolies were basically the public utilities: electricity, telephone and natural gas suppliers. But deregulation now gives us a certain amount of choice and introduces considerable competition among those vendors.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

 

There could hardly be an easier target for a newspaper columnist than a monopoly that raises its rates. There is something fundamentally wrong when you can only obtain a product from one supplier and that supplier can make the price whatever they darn well feel like.

The thing is, it's not really true these days. The old-time monopolies were basically the public utilities: electricity, telephone and natural gas suppliers. But deregulation now gives us a certain amount of choice and introduces considerable competition among those vendors.

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