Well, that was one of the major points of Star Trek mythology: with money absent from the equation, people were truly "free" to create, or explore space, or write, or whatever.
And I always understood that the Federation supplied the dilithium crystals - and that the replicator used power from the engines to make whatever you programmed into it - seeing as how everthing is made up of the same matter, just in differing combinations and amounts.
Well, nobody thought my sarcasm was funny so I guess I'll have to weigh in on the one bright thought out of 75.
I'd be willing to guess that 95% of the cable backbone in this country was laid as coax back in the late 70's and early 80's and has never been upgraded to Fiber. I know cable companies have their own basket of troubles with the way broadcast viewing is sold so it's anyone's guess as to whether the fact that they're crying "no money" for improvements is true or not.
Where we went wrong is that "woullda shoullda coullda" Uncle Sam should have laid the backbone (as what happened in every other civilized country on the entire planet) and the cable providers leased the network and competed via their ability to built a better mousetrap via their delivery systems.
Now, everybody and their brother and cousin is streaming YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, Crackle, your personal radio, not to mention file sharing, and some pesky bandwidth pig Flash application that every idiot web designer seems determined to run on every web site in the known universe.
So yes, oversold bandwith on what amounts to a vast peer-to-peer neighborhood network is groaning under the strain.
The glitch is that all the cable provides, in their greedy quest to urge people to dump DSL by promising "unlimited bandwith" (cable at the time being much faster than a split voice/data line any day) not only oversold their product but also never saw the explosion in bandwith gobbling applications and content coming Neither did the cable providers see the sea change in the way the internet has come to be used.
Now we have, in the words of the bard, the engineer, hoist with his on petard.