I don't know if you're being intentionally retarded or if you've been subsisting off fucking paint thinner, but your post sets new standards for fucking ridiculous shitlogic, PJ.
The new at&t only has about one third of the US. Qwest, and Verizon have the rest.
Woooo, they only control 1/3 of the nation so their not a national monopoly. Well no shit! They're now regional monopolies, moron, and until you get real competition in your market your wireless/internet/cable/whatever will continue to be second rate (just try and find a study that says the US's communication network performance is anything but second rate).
They sell you a service and nothing more. You don't own the phone line or the DSL (outside your premise) or even your cellular number... you're just leasing them.
Yeah, no shit you don't own every fucking telephone pole in North America. But neither do they. More importantly they don't own every fucking picometer of the wireless spectrum, pretending its not "ours" is ridiculous. The government, representing us, leases it to THEM. They create some infrastructure and resell it, but often, because our government is fucking tech illiterate, they end up being either the only carrier or one of two (IE the phone company can give you DSL or the cable company can give you cable and both will blow monkey's nuts compared to what you could get in europe).
But those companies own the facilities like Santa Fe Railroad owns their tracks and the land they sit on. So if you don't like them don't use them. Simple enough.
Except their track is either empty air (which noone fucking owns) or telephone infrastructure (which is like a road, IE, they still dont fucking own it, the local municipality or governing body does). At most they own routing centers, which get cheaper (more worthless) by the day.
now it is easier said then [sic] done if you have no choices but you still have made a choice... to use their services.
HA HA. I'd love to see you tell that to any place of business. "No, no, you're supporting this monopoly by choosing to use the public infrastracture they've rangled control of! You should run your business without the internet or telephony if you don't like it!" QFT, you can't stop using the internet or phone network anymore than you can stop using public roads. They're more than required to be competitive.
Watching people defend a system which has resulted in regional monopolies like this is just fucking sad. Three companies NATIONWIDE is not fucking competition, it's a sick joke.
I'm totally offtopic.
I eat pasta!