RE: The Problem
The actual problem is that the cable companies are Colluding to avoid any sort of Competition.
Just as Jophn Oliver said: They do business like a bunch of Drug Cartels which agree not to "Trespass" on each other's "Turf".
They don't regard subscribers as "Customers".
The way people are treated makes it obvious the cable companies think they OWN the subscriber. IOW, they treat customers the same way Slaveowners have always treated slaves: With Utter Contempt.