said by sturmvogel:
...As more and more people are affected by the bad policies of the provider and more media exposure it gets regarding these policies, the pressure for the government to take action will increase...
Government my ass! If you think you've been wronged by a company or individual, you have every right in this Country to either file charges against them if it's criminal, or file a civil suit if it's otherwise. That's as far as the government should be involved in any issue such as this, government courts. Let a jury of your peers decide who's right and wrong.
I have lived long enough to have seen government regulation at work, en masse. It gets thick and messy! Beginning about the mid-seventies government regulation of a number of industries had finally outlived its usefullness. Airlines, trucking and transportation, wireline, interstate commerce, railroad and much more were finally starting to be de-regulated after decades of being under government control. The weak were wiped out and the strong survived. That's how it should work.
The U.S. economy is based upon a free enterprise system, and the less the government interferes with it, the better! If you don't like the way company ABC is treating you, then start doing business with company XYZ, and STFU
And another thing. You keep complaining about the "local government" in your area and its franchise agreements with cable providers and how it has put you at such a disadvantage because your choice of cable providers is limited. Now, on the other hand you're squalling that a bigger government needs to step in and regulate the industry.
You are inconsistant and contradicting yourself big time. I fear that you may actually be hurting your own cause, what ever it may turn out to be...--
"Sometimes all you can do is just hunker down and take it, like a jackass caught out in a hail storm". LBJ