This question is regarding pseudo monopolies like watter distribution , electricity distribution , gas , etc.
I had a huge argument with two of my uncles and one of my cousins regarding distribution , and i stated that if the distribution company was public meaning it would provide the network for "free" to anyone who can offer the product , for example watter , at the same quality , ultimately making it the same watter , then this would enable huge competition and consequently the lowest prices for the consumers. And they argued that this can't work because you can't make the difference between the watter you consume. But then again i stated that the watter is the same watter only the price is different at all providers and so you don't need to make the difference because there isn't any , just the price. But they said that because the price is different they are different products and so it can't work.
So in my view thing would work like this:
The distribution company creates the network and provides the initial watter too fill the network and then the providers can contract with whomever wants to consume their product and need to fill the network with the corresponding quantity of watter someone that has a contract with them has consumed. If no contract you provide no watter. There would be two meters one at the provider and one at the consumer .
Pleas tell me what you think and why you think it