This is a stupid unnecessary bill for a situation that doesn’t functionally exist. Let’s be realistic. This is the 21st century. Power is a utility, water is a utility, phones are utility, internet access is a utility. The government has never nationalized ANY OTHER UTILITY. Although it is true the USA has occasionally done short term receiverships, the United States has a culture that celebrates moderately regulated capitalism as the economic ideal. Over the past century, the U.S. government has occasionally nationalized railways, coal mines and steel mills, and it has even taken a controlling interest in banks when that was deemed to be in the national interest. However, these corporate “wards of the state” typically have been returned to private hands after short, sometimes fleeting, stretches under government stewardship. They have never taken over entire utility systems. Literally because they can’t. Our power system is not nationally connected. Our water systems are -really- not nationally connected. There are hundreds (maybe thousands) of companies and for sure hundreds of thousands of US jobs that are players in the utility industry. There is no mechanism other than brief local receivership for industries as extensive as utilities. This bill is pointless drama. Why are are we fussing about this? All that is needed is a common backbone (minimum standards, functionality regulations, security laws, and inter-corporations agreements to provide fair cross platform data stream cooperation) and the individual companies can carry on from that point, just like they do for the other utilities. Sharing network infrastructure in order to better allocate capital and thus expand service to more people is not a radical idea. The wireless industry has done it before with great success. That’s how “moderately regulated capitalism” works. That’s the middle road.