In the US, telecommunications is one of the services that are considered as a necessity in life. You need fast access in order to get the message through as quickly as possible. So in most states in the US, there are several companies that were given licenses to operate. I was able to read some Spectrotel news in a certain site the other day. They were granted a license to provide local exchange service a few years ago by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). The license allows Spectrotel to supply basic local telephone service within a certain geographical territory.
Anyway, I believe that what they have done is a good thing in the US. By granting licenses to different telecommunications companies, they can now provide many choices for consumers resulting to lowered price and also giving work to other citizen. No monopoly takes place.