I think the title of the posts says a lot. We may hate the phone companies, but at least they aren't government run. I mean sure, if you have problems you may think they took the Soviet Union's attitude on customer service. But at least when you decided to change carriers they don't try to arrest you.
It seems this is a growing problem in some of the less development areas of the world. Check out this blogarticle (I'm trying to coin a new phrase) from TechDirt on VOIP providers who have been arrested by the governments of thier respective countries.
At least in the old U.S. they try to tax you out of business.