(I also posted this on DVDTalk. For those that are seeing this a 2nd time, I'm sorry for the cross post, but I want as many ideas and solutions as possible. This is something that's really bugging me!) I'm wondering if it's possible to get around a cable companie's monopoly in a certain area. First a little background. I live in a subdivision in a small town. The thing is, the subdivision is actually outside the city limits (we don't actually get city services such as water, garbage, etc, nor do we need permits for building, there's no code enforcement, etc etc) In this subdivision our cable company is Classic Cable, which by the way declared bankruptcy in Nov 2001. It appears now that they have been bought out by another company, although their share price seems to be at 0.00 (CLCS..or maybe it was CLSC) In the actual town (and also the 2 other closest neighboring towns, so on all borders of the subdivision) service is provided by Time Warner, with digital and RoadRunner available. From my house to the main road (where TW's lines run) it's almost exactly 1 mile (by road...probably 1/2 mile straight line) Ok, so my questions.... Since we're actually not in town, there is no local government that this cable company has a contract with. I talked to someone at TW, but it was just a regular CSR who didn't really seem to know much, but wouldn't pass me on to a supervisor, just claimed that TW was "trying to get into the area" However, since there can't be any contract, is there any reason that TW can't just move right into the area without having to work something out with the other company? If I could get to someone higer up in TW, would it be possible for me to pay for a line to be run to my house? Any idea how much this would cost? (Although I'm sure I wouldn't have to pay it all myself. I know I could get at least 1 other person close by that would want to switch and would be willing to pay *some* and the other 2 closest neighbors would gladly switch to TW if it was available, not sure if they'd be willing to chip in on paying for the line to be run though.) The reason I want to do this is twofold. 1) I want high speed net access. The phone lines suck in this area, and the best I can connect at via dialup is 31k (well, 31.2). 2) I'd like to get rid of my satellite dish, but the cable company SUCKS! The picture quality is horrible, and they don't even carry a UPN or WB affiliate (of course, I'm not getting those on satellite either...) So, if anyone has any advice, I'd love to hear it. Also, any estimates on how much it'd actually cost to have the line strung 1 mile from TW's existing lines would be appreciated.