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The Verizon truck parked in front of our house the other day had a couple ladders in it: "Property of Bell Atlantic" and "Property of NYNEX".

Monopoly swallowed by larger monopoly swallowed by larger monopoly. OK, largest-by-far-in-an-oligopoly (for the moment).

And no I don't want to pay $70 a month so that Verizon will let bits of information that make up cable television and Internet access come to my house, at no marginal cost to the company.