America, prepare for the coming of your new Broadband Overlords
This goes to say for a whole hell of a lot more than cable companies.
America, prepare for the coming of your new Broadband Overlords. Karl Bode at Broadband Reports points out the inevitable.
In most areas cable has already won the broadband wars, with inexpensive DOCSIS 3.0 upgrades allowing them to offer speeds that cash-strapped, smaller telcos simply can't match. As I noted the other day, things are looking even brighter for most cable operators given that AT&T and Verizon have all-but stopped next gen upgrades, and are willfully driving DSL customers they don't want to cable, strengthening cable's dominance across most of America over the next five to ten years.
This is all before you factor in the fact that the cable industry appears poised for a new round of consolidation, with Liberty's John Malone clamoring for a series of deals that could include a Charter acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Cox, or a Time Warner Cable acquisition of Cablevision.
In most areas of the US, cable companies enjoy cushy duopolies, if not outright monopolies.