When I was at the hardware store, the idiot behind the counter tried to convince me that I needed to buy a screwdriver when I already had a hammer. I told him that he and the tool industry wer demanding twice the workload from me in order to fasten two objects with a piece of metal.
I've been using hammers and nails for as long as I can remember, and now I have to use screws and a screwdriver? Plus, I hear they have TWO DIFFERENT KINDS of screwdrivers. Why should I have to massively increase my overhead when a hammer can already be used on nails and nail-shaped objects?
I think that the reason why tarnishment is a valid thing is because most consumers say to themselves: "Oh, how could Company X let Company Y use their name so immorally?" without considering for a moment that this is either an unreasonable expectation on Company X, or an unreasonable expectation on everybody else.
It seems to me to be a consumer confusion problem, but one that's been promoted by these big companies.
What would TWC do with free fiber, government employees, buildings, and discounted services? Would they make service better and cheaper for their users?
I think not. I have a feeling that if TWC/AT&T got these perks, they might use them to develop faster services, but would charge the users a premium to get access to them; or do nothing with them, since TWC does cable, and AT&T does DSL, letting the users wait for Verizon to come in with fiber, so they can continue to have tiered services that technically (but don't actually) compete with one another.