We apologize for the trouble with this. Sonic is a telecommunications provider and as such, we are required to provide a landline phone so our customers can contact 911 emergency services. Being classified as a telecommunications provider allows us benefits from the government that ultimately keep costs from being even higher. It also gives us protections we wouldn't otherwise have. (Side note: This is why net neutrality and classifying internet providers as a utility is such an important thing. It would allow us to get those same benefits and protections while offering INTERNET ONLY in the future.) I hope you can understand why we need to offer our service like we currently do and that it helps to clarify some points. Have a good day!
A clarification on this: For our Fusion service, which is delivered over copper, the unbundled network element copper is available to us because of the telecommunications service - which since the classification of internet access as an information rather than telecommunication service, means voice. So for Fusion Broadband+Phone ADSL2+/VDSL2 over copper, we are required to bundle phone service.
And this product design steered Sonic toward an all-in-one product, bundle and price. So to the greatest degree possible, our product is uniform, in design, features and pricing. So this means that Fusion (over copper) and Fusion Fiber are the same: a $39.99 data service combined with a $10/mo phone line. On copper that might be 20Mbps (ADSL2+), or up to 50Mbps (VDSL2), while on fiber that's simply 1Gbps (for now.
The only area this product design and pricing has been different has been on our Fusion X2 products, which combine two lines, and our IP Broadband resale products, where faster services are available at higher, "X2/X3" prices. Each of these add $20/mo for each faster service.
As noted by the responder, we have tried to add as much value as possible to the bundled services. International calling, caller ID, a VoIP mobile phone app, etc.
I'll also note that we are doing some early product development of software and tools toward offering a data-only product on a test basis on our fiber network. That's likely to arrive in some new markets in Oakland sometime in the next 3-6 months, and we'll see how that works for us and for customers.