@NathanG - Yeah, I’ve heard of cable companies buying up the old telecom companies just to get all their fiber assets. They really didn’t care too much about the other stuff, even the customer base. All they wanted was the fiber.
So the merger was really nothing more than a fiber optic cable sale. I think the presence of so much fiber has made it possible for a lot of would be cable companies to get in on the act.
What’s neat is that a lot of the fiber network is already in place. They just need to plug into it, and start delivering service to the customers.