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How soon until monopolies are the norm again? Given the recent SCOTUS net neutrality ruling, I don't see any good coming from this.

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Yeah, I'm bumping my own thread. I can't believe no one thinks this merger or general topic of increasing monopolization is worthy of comment. Then again... maybe I can.

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Chart 1. Number and Percentage of U.S. Manufacturing Industries in which Largest Four Companies Accounted for at Least 50 Percent of Shipment Value in Their Industries, 1947-2007


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It is much more profitable to be a monopoly, competitors imitate your products, drive down prices.  Even Microsoft is having trouble these days though.

I did not realize how long this has been going on since before Reagan.  

I also did not realize NBC & Comcast where the same.  Since these cable companies are in different markets, the monopoly will be the same as far as those markets go?  The real problem will be with the channels that provide content negotiating with them, of course, they could go to Hulu etc.


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I can't believe no one thinks this merger or general topic of increasing monopolization is worthy of comment. Then again... maybe I can.

I had read the story before you posted and had the same concerns you do but I didn't think it was worth further discussion, because you'd already made the point. Just because no one comments doesn't mean no one is interested.
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Both of those cable companies are already monopolies where they deliver cable television: that's the structure of that media segment. The joined company would get larger: but that doesn't change the fact the "monopoly" aspect wouldn't change one household's worth as their service areas do not overlap at all.
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...of course, they could go to Hulu etc.

Likely not given the recent net neutrality ruling.


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That's no longer the case. Since 1992 as a result of the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act, other cable companies can compete in the area.
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But Comcast and Time-Warner do not.
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That's due to current technology that makes it expensive to lay more lines by the competitor. As technology continues to evolve there's no reason to think that will always be a deterrent because eventually everything will be wireless.
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