Good news for California consumers:
Calif. eliminates city-by-city cable deals – U.S. Business – MSNBC.com
While I have have a very high opinion of my current cable/Internet providor (Cox Communications), a little competition would be a good thing. The wholesale cost for bandwidth on the internet is way down, so you might expect more as an end user. Absent effective competition, the cable company lacks motivation to either raise performance or lower prices.