What Free Market? When all of these companies use lawmakers to write protectionist garbage just for them, how is that a free market?
Every politician who cloaks themselves in that doesn't believe in competition, doesn't believe in start-up companies entering the market, they believe in using government to subsidize corporate profits. What they believe in is what their corporate friends tell them to believe in.
Yes, this is what you get for electing Republicans. But it is also what you get for electing Democrats too. The only way you'll stop this madness is to stop electing the beholden politicians, and that means throwing out anyone with a D or an R beside their name.
AT&T would be ecstatic to turn this country into the third world so long as they were allowed to exponentially profit with the help of government.