Empoverishing the U.S. one town at a time?
There are areas this behavior more deeply affects than might be seen on the surface. Think of the percentage of paying jobs that are online now. With this behavior by both Verizon and CenturyLink, there are areas with unreliable internet access, and thus can't benefit from the economics of online work.
But the only way to break their behavior is to really get politically active about it. Get your representative's ear and make a logical, well-constructed case about the problems these companies are causing.
Rogue WolfComes With Soup and Your Choice of Sides
Sadly, the most logical and well-constructed case in the world doesn't hold a candle to a six-figure check made out to your representative's re-election campaign.
I may have been born yesterday, but I've spent all afternoon downtown.