The problem with your statement is that comcast & AT&T are not competition for each other and they know it. Comcast phone service is spotty at best. AT&T clearly excels in every way when it comes to phone service.
Comcast has the Edge on Cable and the Internet. AT&T can only offer DSL which while less expensive is slower, and more prone to being slow durring heavy use times. DSL also usually comes with a very limiting Fair Use Policy. AT&T through Dishnetwork does offer cable tv, however satillite does not have true ON DEMAND programming.
EPB has what neither Comcast or AT&T has an ALL FIBER network, EPB will be able to offer internet speeds that blow your mind, and ON Demand options that can have you lost for days. It will be faster, quicker, smarter, and tecnologically superior to anything and everything AT&T or Comcast can offer.
I might not be able to afford it, but I want that choice. Comcast & AT&T both know they are the best at what they do and no one else can compete, I want a third option.
To EPB: I'll pay you to run your lines to my house. Dont worry about a waiver or asking premission just show up and tell me how much I owe.