More likely to be bought out, especially if it's been in business for only a few years. There are a lot of these guys that start the business with the sole intention of building up the subscriber base and selling it to the highest bidder. Find a local company, *with its own central station*, that's been in business more then 10 years. Look around for their customers, which you can find by looking for their window stickers. Ask them about their reputation.
There are a lot of whores and trunk slammers in this business, but they're usually easy to spot if you know what to look for.