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Over a decade ago one of my friends was banned from the Sheffield Uni network for playing around with BGP and knocking the whole campus offline. One kind of has to wonder whether Verizon can suffer the same consequences simply by collective action on the part of other affected parties.

Nope - because said collective action would probably involve denying service to tens of millions of Verizon customers.

They could do better

Can they? How many choices of ISP do you have? I have 2, Spectrum (Time Warner) or some no-name for the same price with 1/10th the speed. I could not practically switch off Time Warner if I wanted to without moving. I imagine that Verizon customers are in the same boat.

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