> Power: See above. Put on your tin foil hat, but this is one step in a wave to disrupt and control communication when a "state of emergency" or "martial law" is declared. Just wait.
As I understand it, the US discovered it is WAY easier to control people when they are sedentary (obese due to force feeding them subsidized surplus corn), uneducated (US ranks among the lowest in public education), and easily entertained (reality TV, 24-hour newscrap cycles).
With that in mind: failing to provide communication mechanisms cause panic. Panic is hard to manage. If I was a government intent on controlling the population, I wouldn't do things to disrupt their internet feed or make them feel like they need to "prep". I would keep them week and as dependent on infrastructure as possible. Not maintaining phone lines would work against that.
Plus, the government --already-- controls communication. Everything we transmit is capture, logged, mined and correlated. So there's really nothing to be had from the gov't angle in my mind. I agree with your Greed and Control 1e6% however. Its another way cell companies make billions in the US. Every country I've been to from Europe to SE Asia has better, cheaper, more reliable wireless.