Either Congress will step in, sooner or later or people will get disgusted and go OTA & streaming only.
In these cases where we are talking about disputes with local channels... going to OTA wouldn't punish anyone but the customer.
If your local demands more money, Dish says no... and you go to OTA to "teach them a lesson"... to whom have you taught the lesson? You will have punished Dish for trying to keep prices down, and rewarded the channel that threatened and took itself off the air. That seems backwards to me.