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have a monopoly on (something)

To be the only one who has or possesses something. If that company thinks that they can have a monopoly on telephone service in this town, they're in for a rude awakening!
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Monopoly money

1. A sum of money that has little or no importance to a person. (Alluding to the paper play money used in the board game Monopoly.) He dropped nearly 30 grand on a single watch, but he's so loaded that it's just Monopoly money to him
2. Bills of currency that is printed on bright, multicolored paper. (In contrast to the simple green and white color of American currency.) Even after four years, I could never get used to the Monopoly money they use up in Canada.
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Please note: I am talking throughout this article about perfectly legal monopolies, such as patents, brands and trade secrets; I am not talking about illegal, collusive monopolies or price-fixing.
It will be the first major network that doesn't rely on patching together leased fiber from telecommunication monopolies.
But now the local Bell companies want the restrictions lifted, even though they are still monopolies," Allen said.
Did you know that 40 cents of every dollar that consumers spend on long distance goes into the pockets of local telephone monopolies for beginning and ending long-distance calls?
Abolish any law that passes First Amendment muster only on the theory that airwaves are somehow "scarcer" than print, or that wires are "natural monopolies," or that electronic media are inherently different and less deserving of protection.
Qwest, SBC, Verizon and BellSouth are known as the Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs), what Cagle referred to as "vestiges of a bygone era," that "became powerful monopolies not because they were the best at consumer service or deploying technology -- but because it was illegal for decades to compete against them.
Too bad that the Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs), the monopolies that brought this latest suit, prevented those savings from going into American consumer pockets years earlier.
aim to eliminate the loophole in the current antitrust law that allows Bell monopolies to operate free from accountability.
Today ISPs are threatened not only by anti-competitive tactics by the Bell monopolies desperate to snuff out competition, but now by now by poor legislation like this as well.
Currently, local phone monopolies are prevented from offering any long distance services to its local customers unless -- as in the case of Bell Atlantic in New York -- they can demonstrate that the local market is competitive.
Because of the national carrier monopolies, all countries experienced the natural effects of monopolies in their long distance telephone service: artificially high prices and inefficient allocation of resources(3).
Hindery said AT&T's recent activities in cities like Los Angeles would lead to regional monopolies that would mark "the end of an industry as I know it.
Second, Congress provided the local telecommunications monopolies with a specific path to deregulation that requires opening up their local networks.