There ought to be a LAW..
Infact, there is.. however.. one can argue that the merged companies of Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and Qwest have no incombent rights (though I'd cut qwest some slack where fiber IS deployed) to last mile deployments extended when it comes to interfering with another companies' right to build a network. If the local municipality approves, then it's green lighted. The spirit of the intent of the law was to prevent a hundred different providers from making a circus maze of wiring throughtout major cities.. but that's not where the problem lies.. the problem is there isn't ENOUGH build everywhere else.. and for that part, the incumbency MONOPOLY rights must be made EXEMPT in those geographies and interpreted to be expired because these laws existed under former operating companies. The NEW companies should have to apply for each and every rural zone they want to build in and then deal with the consequences of being denied a monopoly when they don't build a network. Time for rural zones to have a level playing field again. One size does not fit all with last mile monoplies.