After two years of paying for a weak, intermittent signal, I’d found myself at a stalemate with Time Warner Cable/Spectrum.
It turns out that when a signal is weak, there’s not much that a cable company is required do about it. And believe it or not, that’s exactly how it’s supposed to work.
My research rabbit hole revealed the decades of legislative trickery by America’s most hated companies. You see, cable providers suffer from a right-time, right-place conundrum as the monolithic gatekeepers to American high-speed Internet access.
A Fledgling Novelty
Described as “a fledgling novelty for a handful of households,” cable television debuted in 1948 as the redheaded stepchild to broadcast. Useful only in rural or mountain communities where small pockets of humanity lived far from the range of urban broadcast signals.
Quite simply, no one cared about cable. This paradoxically became its biggest strength.