A quote from Jerry Pournelle seems appropriate. He speaks of energy, but this could also apply to the internet.
"I do know some fundamental economic truths – at least they are 'true' in the sense that they come from observation, not theory. I have stated them before. Energy and freedom lead to prosperity. Restricting energy and adding not freedom but commands and regulation lead to downward economic pathways. Thus has it been, and thus will it be.
"Civilization trends toward converting more and more of its output to structure. Infrastructure or superstructure isn’t important: output is seized and converted to structure, and the largest beneficiaries of that are bureaucracies. Bureaucracies are devoted to the preservation and expansion of the bureaucracy and its members, and only secondarily to the purposes for which they were founded. Thus has it been, and thus will it be."
Each shuttle mission cost between half and one billion dollars and only got us to low-earth orbit.
Sadder, isn't it.
On the one hand I take issue with calling broadband a "Right". Freedom of speech is a Right, freedom of religion is a Right, freedom against unreasonable search and seizure is a Right, etc. You have the same Rights whether you live in an apartment in Manhattan or the boonies of Alaska.
On the other hand, yeah, broadband today is right up there with electricity and telephone and the FCC should be pushing to bring it to all Americans.
I just put "Human Rights" one notch above modern conveniences like electricity and telephone.
The police and their unions still dig in and insist that cops never do anything wrong, and to even question them is unacceptable, refusing to even entertain the idea that an officer might ever step out of line and need to be held accountable for their actions.
It's all upside and no downside to police union. The only people whose opinion matters to the police union are other police officers and they eat this up.
In a worst case scenario, what sort of consultant or service should we look for? Would a regular debt management service also handle medical debts? Or is that a specialty? Are there lawyers that specialize in medical debt negotiation?