The effort to sideline concerns about consumer protection was pioneered in Philadelphia in 1999, when Comcast was aided by City Hall in keeping a rival company, RCN, out of the local cable market. "Good God!" Mr. Rendell recalled telling RCN, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. "We have to tear up the streets so you can come in here and compete against one of our best corporate citizens?"
The best plutocracy money can buy.