I contacted the mayor of hoover to vent my frustrations with the Charter monopoly in Hoover, and I found that city officials are trying to bring competition to Hoover. AT&T has been given a franchise agreement and my hope is that they offer their "u-verse" tv in Hoover soon.
This article discusses the u-verse offering, and at first glance, it seems pretty amazing. Who wouldn't want cable and internet bundled together for $59?
Down with Charter! They'll never compete if this thing takes off and the quality of it is decent.