Cable TV a la carte
Q: What is the most feared phrase at both the wire services and the cable companies?
A: A la carte.
OK, we can't do much about the wires but watch that potential economic train wreck -- and it's insider baseball anyhow.
But check out this site about cable: http://www.howcableshouldbe.com/
It's set up to allow you to deselect the channels you don't want from a long list and then tell you what your bill savings purportedly would be. Of course, it assumes that either the cost savings would be passed along penny for penny, or that other fees wouldn't be raised.
Both are simplistic, since the company will charge you for the capacity, whether it is used or not. (Although there should be some savings.)
More useful to the consumer would be a push to require cable companies to structure bills as public utilities must -- with a base capacity charge and then the programming charges on top of that (even better, of course, would be to break out those programming charges by channel, but the base+programming might be more politically possible initially).
That way, customers would begin to get the idea of the true cost. Then watch the fun begin.
"Howcablshouldbe.com is run by the Parents' Television Council and does require you to enter personal information to actually "vote." But you can get the estimate without that.