said by JohnInSJ:
This is capitalism. We love it, remember?
This is corporatism. Incumbent telecom's are one of the largest lobbyists of government. They also receive large sums of government cash (USF is a HUGE one )
And just as corporatism would suggest, we are stuck with few options that look remarkably similar.
To suggest its capitalism is just plain false.
As somebody who has been in Asia the fact that Americans pay hyper inflated rates is readily obvious.
Unlimited cellular coverage in Vietnam costs about 9 USD, and in South Korea it was about 20 bucks with unlimited calling, text, mobile TV, and a 10 gigabyte data allowance.