WHEN CORALIE WILSON received the fax announcing the $11.6 billion merger between US West and Continental Cablevision, the nation's third-largest cable provider, she could barely contain her anger. Wilson, executive director of a 10-city cable commission that includes St. Paul, had just asked the feds to put the merger on hold because local officials had been denied a say in the final deal. Worse, in the days before the merger was announced, US West's lawyers assured her it was on hold. The episode, she now says, set the tone for what has become a bitter relationship between the telecommunications conglomerate and the commission set up to protect a quarter of a million cable-TV viewers throughout... More >>>