Posts Tagged ‘monopoly’

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    Demand and Supply: Should Congress Unbundle Cable?

    May 16, 13 • 925 Views • No Comments

    If I pay $100 for a 50 channel cable package, then choosing the 25 channels I really watch should cost me $25. Yes? I suspect Senator John McCain agrees. But it might not work out that way if his legislative unbundling proposal is passed by Congress.......  [read more]

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    What Can You Learn From the Phone Book?

    Aug 5, 12 • 483 Views • No Comments

    Among all of the innovations that changed our lives, have you ever thought about the phone book? The first phone book dates back to 1878. Compiled by the the District Telephone Company of New Haven, soon to become SNET, the Southern New England Telephone......  [read more]

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    A Blurry Customer Focus

    Jul 27, 12 • 412 Views • No Comments

    Several years ago, I walked into my local bank branch at 5:55. Knowing that they closed at 6:00, I thought I had some time but they said I was too late. I said I had 5 minutes, they said no and by the time we had concluded our exchange, it was 6:00. They said......  [read more]

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    The Norwegian Butter Crisis

    Mar 25, 12 • 711 Views • 1 Comment

    Reserves were low, demand was high and prices skyrocketed. No, not oil. Butter. Butter demand surged in Norway several months ago when a low carb high fat diet swept the nation. At the same time, the supply of butter plunged because wet weather diminished the......  [read more]

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    You’ve Got Mail?

    Mar 3, 12 • 547 Views • No Comments

    While the U.S. had postal services since the 1600s, Ben Franklin transformed the system. Appointed Deputy Postmaster for the Colonies by the British, he established our first home mail delivery system, diminished to a single day the letter delivery time......  [read more]