What happened to being able to choose your local landline phone and DSL provider?

For example, El Monte (in LA), California, you can get AT&T home phone and DSL but not Verizon. Didn't President Clinton sign into law something stating that you can choose what cable tv, home phone, and thus cable internet and DSL you can have? There were TONS of TV ads in the 90's about getting your... show more For example, El Monte (in LA), California, you can get AT&T home phone and DSL but not Verizon.

Didn't President Clinton sign into law something stating that you can choose what cable tv, home phone, and thus cable internet and DSL you can have? There were TONS of TV ads in the 90's about getting your local, long distance, and internet from the same company.Big names like Sprint and AT&T to SOHO outfits like Z-Tel.

In fact in New York, the power/gas company ConEd CURRENTLY advertises to it's customers to consider using another power company (usually with a picture of a smiling man holding a sign that says GO! read what you like into that one)

So even if AT&T is providing the physical wire to the home, can't you sign up with Verizon or some other company instead?
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