So At&T and other telcos are trying to manoevre some legislation into place that would allow them blanket access to deliver TV service over the phone lines without having to secure local monopoly licenses as cable must. Cable of course doesn't like competition (they almost killed satellite service in its infancy by lobbying and passing legislation that crippled availability and consumer choice). And so cable is running ads to make us feel good about cable and bad about telephones. One pisses on Old Ma Bell and her kids ("meet the phoneys - the Bell monopolies" they say), asking "how many years until we got a phone in any colour but black?" Another says something about how cable innovations are happing in "days, not decades," ignoring the fact that until maybe ten years ago you couldn't legally do something so simple as to use a splitter in your house without paying for an extra television worth of service. And if you didn't like your local cable company then you could always buy a 40' C-band dish or an aerial the size of a McDonnell Douglas because the cable service was -- and is -- a monopoly. Cable internet wasn't even available in my area until way too late and when it was they were just contracting it out. It wasn't until a year later that they offered their own service, and not until about 2003 (!) did they offer it in my parents' city. So telephone and cable monopolies both suck and are slow with innovation and lazy to roll out new technologies. But there's one that pisses me off a whole bunch. It's a warm and fuzzy spot that says "cable's ragtag dreamers made it possible." I mean, where do I start with this one? The fact that cable owes its existence to the research of Bell Labs, who were first to run a coax trunk and the first to deliver television over a coax network? Or can I take some time to point out that those "ragtag dreamers" were and are greedy, slimy giant businesses? We're not talking about Apple or HP in the garage. Or even an Intel founded by industry mavericks or Microsoft who hustled to the top with Gates' slick business savvy. That was a ragtag bunch of dreamers; the cable industry's just a cluster of conglomerated rich bastards who got richer by investing in a monopolistic sector and sitting on it with their big fat asses and their big fat lobbying budgets. I don't love the telecoms, but competition is competition, and anything to bust open the cable monopoly and their ****** service and skyrocketing prices is good for consumers.