To not have such an elementary understanding of how things work is just baffling to me.
And again, yes, corporations, individuals, criminal gangs, they can all have their assets seized at various times and under various conditions.
I'm not sure which part of that you think is news to me.
Said license comes with terms.
Said citizen has a voice in those terms same as everyone else.
Bell Labs existed in large part because AT&T was trying to justify its monopoly to fend off antitrust regulators.
Also, I think it had more to do with building the switched telephone network than it did with building the internet.
It was a pretty unique organization in time and space, and not at all typical of "corporations."