@Soulfox -- but there are some good things that come with monopolies. For example, with a dozen different trash companies, how could you ever get them to agree to a uniform, sensible recycling program? Similarly, what about a city wide trash pickup that allows people to get the junk out of their garages they've been flinging in them for months?
Having such uniform and beneficial programs are difficult if you have a dozen trash collection companies that can't agree on anything? When it comes to trash collection (and some other things), a monopoly that is highly regulated so that prices and service are kept at levels that benefit consumers can be a better for customers.
Having said all of that, we also see where consumers have benefited by monopolies being broken up by the government. The AT&T case sited in the article is a great example. The result from that breakup was that phone bills dropped because competition was in the market and phone service remains inexpensive.