I'm not a satellite subscriber, though, so the Sirius XM thing hasn't affected me terribly—I'm really just upset with the FCC for kowtowing to big business. The Verizon/Alltel marriage, though, is a much bigger deal. It seems the FCC believes a very small, very antiquated group of bloated businesses can serve the customer better than a competitive marketplace. What's going on in the wireless telco industry, anyway? AT&T becomes Cingular then gets swallowed by AT&T again (I still have trouble wrapping my head around that one), Sprint and Nextel join forces to become something more horrible than the two companies ever achieved separately, Virgin gobbles Helio and now Verizon has sucked up Alltel. I liked Alltel. Though I never once used the service, the company was the only spark of anything resembling competition in the wretched oligopoly that is the United States mobile telecommunications industry. As a Verizon customer myself, I'd love a piece of that My Circle plan Alltel has, which allows you to call selected people for free no matter what network they're on. I'd also love it if Verizon ditched the God-awful "Can you hear me now?" guy for the lesser of two evils: Alltel's blonde himbo of a mascot, Chad. But, you can bet both are in Verizon's crosshairs as I write this.