They won't need to. For every dollar NSA funding is publicly cut, their "Black Budget" funding will increase by at least double .
(Roberts was the mastermind behind the "Wing Commander" series.)
Things like electricity supply are monopolies by their very nature. Most people can't choose to have another company's cables hooked up to their house.
Here in the UK, we can choose exactly this.
This is because the gubmint (in their infinite wisdom) separated the cables from the suppliers.
Why would they use an auto-pilot for an airplane? Shouldn't they use a plane-pilot for planes?
Auto refers to automatic not automobile.
All Tesco petrol pumps have "Pay at Pump" where a card reader is built into the pump, so there's never a need to go into the shop.
Besides, Asda is usually a little cheaper in my area.