Re: Messed Up Priorities
All utilities are important. If we were ranking them based on maintaining health/life, then yeah, there's really only 2-3:
- Water/Sewer (for drinking and waste)
- Electric (for lights/refrigeration, but also cooking and heat)
- Other heating fuel (cooking/heat)
Telephone/Communication (cell, landline, voip) and Internet are not required to keep you healthy, but they are required for many people to live their lives.
If we're talking residential broadband access--then OK you know what, I'll bend and say yeah it's simply not that important at the end of the day. After you're done working, or sitting at the public library, you can go home and live in 1990 if you want.
But considering broadband as a utility--which it is these days--for not just home, but also work, it is very important.
My work--whether at home or the office--is absolutely, positivity dependant on broadband. I would have no job without it. Therefore, yes it does rank highly to me!
I have no idea where you were going w/ the tax thing--I guess you mean people who don't pay their electric bill are paying their cell/broadband bills--I'd argue they don't pay those either. Comcast offers low income assistance (subsidized by the rates they charge everyone else). Verizon does the same. Let's also not forget the "Obama phone"