""What has been so distressing is that much of this regulatory ordinance has been launched without provocation,"
Ah, from *their* point-of-view. From my POV, I receive a grating provocation monthly on top of progressively slower network speeds and near weekly interruptions in service. They can't be thinking of the customers when they declare an absence of 'provocation'.
Aside: how many chairs are left in a game of musical chairs before it's obvious there's no competition happening anymore?