I don't feel any better about trusting governments that want nothing less than to use the Internet to reach into all of our private lives (Peter MacKay - Minister of 'Justice', Canada City, Canada - on 2014-03-27: "The member is right; we are committed to policing the Internet"; and "The time for talk is past.") than I do about life under the current monopolies. It's a false dilemma. It's not a choice between red or blue.
ISPs just need competition. Make it safe to run open WiFi (without fear of a lawsuit from the RIAA, or worse) and we'll be up to our necks in Internet. That's the stranglehold right there... Fear of freedom; fear of anonymity. Ah, fear, my well-worn noose.
There could be as many ISPs as there are home networks.