Why do consumers need the government to select their cable company, and by the way, collect a "franchise fee" that is charged to the consumer each month?<quoted text>
There are these things called contracts.
A government can enter into contracts with companies to service their constituents.
You know, like you right whiners want to privatize government. How do you think that would be done? Putting out services for bids & awarding contracts.
You are telling us that government can't ward contrats because that picking winners & losers.
Why not let cable A and cable B install systems and let the consumer choose?