"No religion is true, but some religion, any religion, is politically necessary. Law and morality are insufficient for the large majority of men. Obedience to the law and to the morals are insufficient for making men happy. […]Law and morality are therefore in need of being supplemented by divine rewards and punishments."
Here is exactly what will happen.
Govt will either fail spectacularly, or they will become a monopoly charging high costs for low quality service.Google Paying $1 For $39 Million Fiber Service In Utah
In Provo, a city of 115,000 about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City, Google is making its first plans to take over an existing fiber system and will start operating it long before it can build the service for Austin.
Even as Google takes ownership of the municipal network, Provo will have to pay off loans for its construction for another dozen years, according to agreements released Thursday by city officials.
For nearly as many years, households have been paying $5.35 a month on their utility bills for a system that provides Internet, television and phone service — whether they use it or not.
But Provo officials say Google's deal is a good one for the city and its residents because the system hasn't been able to support itself. Google Fiber will offer residents something in return for the utility fee — basic Internet service at no charge if they pay a $30 hookup fee.
That's far less than the current $700 activation fee.
I suspect that fiberoptic is going to be necessary for smart metering to work properly once that system gets fully up and running. We already have the meters--they communicate usage via antennas mounted on water towers and such. I suspect to have them interact more fully with being able to idle appliances and such briefly to take peak loads off the grid will require something more complex that radio transmission.