quote: Many countries are socialist in nature. The US is not supposed to be. I have no problem with requiring others to build their own network. No one should be forced to product access to what they built so others can compete with them. What you're talking about is nationalizing all telecommunications infrastructure.
quote: Well that might be believable if there was any sort of free market to exert such pressures. But given that the only competitors here are Dish and the local cable operator, I see an oligopolistic market with little to no pressure on pricing.
quote: One would have to believe in the market and the market pressures, and that market pressures will compete margins away and cost savings will find their way into prices
quote: But many are still concerned about what such a merger means for competition in the cable market, since both AT&T and DirecTV are in the same business.