that we have a FCC stocked full of lobbyists from the entertainment and telecommunications industry (the exact people the FCC are supposed to protect us from).
There are no consumer protections and if you allow a provider to set the rules they're going to do everything they can to profit nicely from it while giving the consumer as little in return as possible. It's the same reason you're not likely yo see a la carte programming any time soon since the profits from selling you a package with 90% channels you'll never watch are too nice.
It is not the government's job to regulate pricing and offerings from companies that are competing with each other.
There is nowhere that AT&T U-verse TV is available where cable and satellite aren't available. It's not a monopoly. They get to compete in our system of government.
If one of them thought they could beat their competition and still be profitable with a la carte pricing, it would happen very quickly. Same with how they price their current offerings. You get to vote with your wallet. This is a lot better than having your "Representative Government" vote for you, IMO.
If you want to live in a place where the government runs the TV networks, there are lots of countries where that is the case. This isn't one of them.