How does this increase the costs when the private employers won't be burdened with bloated union pay and benefits?
Also, you state that this in only to be done in emergency type situations (like a Detroit situation) and it really up to local authorities, not the state government, which doesn't own water facilities. In other words, your thread title is misleading.
Just ditch cable and get a good antenna. Connect the antenna to a DVR (like a Magnavox bought at Walmart.com). That's all you need. I can record more TV than I can watch with just an antenna. in so far as my home ISP, I just use my phone for that.
More importantly, how can I make money off this new invention. It is sure to have a market cap bigger than Google, Apple, and Facebook combined at some point. Time to come up with a catchy ticker symbol!