I don't trust any form of unlimited power: government, corporations, churches, unions, mobs, free markets, or individuals.I don't think any of them should be in charge of the Internet, or society at large. But I do believe in pitting them against one another where needed, to balance each other's ability to control my life.
I give telcos the exclusive right to run wires through my back yard and shoot electrons through the air on limited frequencies. In return, I reasonably demand that if I'm paying for their services, I can connect who whoever they hell I want to without them degrading the connection because they want to sell me a competing service.
I don't let the water company charge me one rate for water to fill my pool, and another to brew my beer. I pay for water to be delivered, and it's none of their damned business who I use it. Same for electricity. Telcos can charge me for usage, but should not be able to use their quasi-government role as a monopoly utility service to turn the Internet back into Cable TV.
When the choice is between living without Internet access, or choosing a watered-down version, there really isn't an economically viable choice for most people, any more than most people could reasonably choose to live without water, electricity, or roads. You can survive, but you can't compete. So we can't unplug, nor can we vote with our wallets.. A natural monopoly requires a balancing force, because there is no free market. The government is the way that democratic societies choose to impose the will of the people when the market cannot.