So Long Verizon and AT+T!
I just did away with Verizon as my local carrier and AT+T as my long distance provider. The elimination of these two was accomplished by the installation of a new cable modem from Time Warner. I now make my calls via VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). It took less than 20 minutes and I'll save about $30 a month on my phone service. Your mileage will vary.
The only downside is that when the power goes out I have no way of making or receiving calls, except via my cell phone. It's a chance I'll take.