Verizon wasn't the only one. All the telcos were given billions of dollars under the guise that they would bring broadband Internet to everyone, and afterwards lobbied Congress to let them off that hook.https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20060131/2021240.shtmlhttp://newnetworks.com/broadbandscandals.htm
Not quite. Many shows are now incorporating social media as they air. You'll be surprised how many people tweet as The Walking Dead is airing. It's literally a huge viewing party, but from the comfort of your home. There's actually people on the west coast that watch the east coast feed just to take part of it.