Every time they made anything a Utility a monopoly happens. They end up breaking them up, as you can see now they are regional monopolies gradually coming back together again. Look at Cable and how Comcast is slowly controlling 85% of the US(if they end up acquiring TWC). Your electric company... What real competition do they have? There was a lot more competition prior the them being classed as a utility.
If you can find the other thread where I explained the problem was neutral to begin with. The internet will get slower, we will get taxed more, and we'll end up paying more. There will eventually be censorship(same promise was made when they classed TV and radios as utilities). Then people will realize how the current system is actually better and what was wrong with the system wasn't the ISPs.
You make a valid point. I also remember other companies buying companies, but having to divest those areas as well. (Alltel in my state was north half Verizon and southern half AT&T, Comcast gets TWC, but in my area Charter gets the TWC customers) It's just the nature of America I think. Remember the past 2 presidential elections and the changes put in place to make everything equal for everyone....Internet Socialism ehh?
When Verizon bought Altell they still gained millions of customers further distancing themselves from the other big 3 while fortifying their network and hording spectrum they don't use. Sure some of Altell customers when to other carriers, but had the option to go back to Verizon(a lot of hardware didn't go with them or the spectrum).
Charter may not get customers like you think there is a specific formula they use and if it's under Comcast gets everything. If it's over then parts have to be sold until it's under. I don't remember the formula offhand. Hawaii will go to Comcast if the deal goes through. Comcast with the new things happening can now lobby for the buy. Make some slighted deals under the table to help their buy. Give favor to favor. There's already plenty of examples of that. Hawaii is notorious for it. You can blatantly see it.
I don't know if the following has been posted or not but if not here's latest out from Droid Life.. thought I'd add it here if its ok too
Link from Droid Life: On Net Neutrality..
Snn5 I also had a thing on my Modzilla main page saying that N.N. is a Good win win I'm still trying to figure out where the win win is I'm kind slow at some of this technical stuff but with more n more reading I'll get it I usually do.. here is what I read from Modzilla