What's going on here? Response to more and more people shifting to > VOIP is to _raise_ their POTS rates? (especially on automated > features) > What's the agenda behind this?
Business 101. In a declining market, you raise prices to preserve profitability (think cigarettes).
It's not just VOIP -- that's more a future threat. It started with big minute cell phone plans. While the rate of decline has lessened, all the wireline carriers are continuing to lose physical lines.