I thought I posted, but it didn't post... So here goes again.
Here in Illinois, distributors basically have a geographic monopoly. You have no choices and must play by their rules and pay whatever they extract. I think there are 3 major distributors.
Bell's chose to stay out of the state for years due to this fact. So the atmosphere is clearly limiting consumer choices.
Distributors also have a powerful lobby in Springfield protecting their interests.
I like bridges and roads, too, but I don't like my taxes subsidizing businesses that are extracting high profits and controlling market prices.
For perspective, our income tax rate here in Illinois was increase 66%, so we're sensitive to taxes.
Oh, and charities are losing their non-profit benefits here as well. But the tax preferred status of non-profits is a whole different topic.