Today I decided to stop supporting my local cable monopoly - I cancelled my subscription. If your neighborhood is like mine, you have only one choice for cable. Cable rates have risen 45% since the 1996 Telecommunications Act, which was supposed to deregulate the cable industry, increase competition, lower prices and improve service. None of that has happened.
I could get satellite - but there are only two providers there. God forbid I should encourage them. No, I think I'll try a few months without cable and see if the world comes to an end.
We'll see if my withholding $50 a month will bring the cable monopoly to its knees. That may sound unrealistic, but if everyone in my neighborhood cancelled their subscription for a month or two and demanded lower prices and better service, the cable monopolies would go out of business tomorrow - or change their ways.
But for some reason people don't always act in their best interests - why is that?