IF you are pissed at your options, make this proposal to your City council next time the Franchise Agreements come up for renewal. MAKE them work for you, they are your Public Servants (or should be)
I think the broader point here is that it surprises us in most of the rest of the world that competition is a rare phenomenon that you would have to campaign for through your city council.
America is seen as the land of the free market and competitive industry, so it surprises us to see a default of frequently-abusive local monopolies.
I only really know the setup in the UK, but here there is just no option for a city council to say 'we're not going to have competition in this area'.
Competition isn't perfect by any means. The universal service obligation of BT (in phone lines) leads to something of a natural monopoly. Our regulator ensures that their infrastructure can be shared by competitors at defined rates. The infrastructure part of BT is currently managed as a separate company (OpenReach) and there is serious talk about forcing them to split from BT if they don't invest more.
The end result isn't perfect - but it certainly seems to be much better than the frequently-abusive local monopolies in the USA.