US cable was earlier, 1970s and 1980s and telephones were monopoly by the (original) AT&T.
In the UK it was Thatcher that saw a possible competition route for the (just) privatised BT by licensing cable firms to supply TV and phone. Her government also prohibited BT from supplying television services for quite a while.
Also DSL was never a competition as "central offices" are much further away from homes than UK exchanges. Leading to speeds between 256kbps and 512kbps as "normal". VDSL services now appearing slowly (e.g. the new AT&T's uVerse) compete for television revenue.
19 years of broadband, from 1999's ntl:cable modem trial - Live BQM
Edited by jchamier (Sun 16-Dec-18 13:45:21)