And replace it with a better, less "piss-poor" single payer system or with a "cut-throat private system"?
Private system always ends up being a "cut-throat" system.
Only question is if it ends up being run by a group of mutually competitive companies (in theory - in practice they are more like allies as they have the same goals and interests for which they then lobby) - or by a single monopoly.
Neither of which is there to serve the needed but to acquire profit.
The main problem with availability of service is not the signal range - it's power.
As in power to RUN the communication machine.
With mobile phones or other solutions requiring external power supply to run, in case of an actual emergency you have a serial power outage issue.
Both the network AND the communication device have to have working power supply - so you get twice the chance of failure compared to POTS which supplies the power to the communication device through the network.
Plus, it is a separate source of power going into the disaster area in case of emergency.
You can't really run your big screen TV or boil water on it, but you can sure as hell connect a radio or a charger for your GPS/radio/flashlight/WiFi-enabled smartphone to it and at least get the needed information in and maybe get some of it out.
During the war (here in Bosnia) we had electricity on for only couple of hours each day.
So people would routinely connect radios to the phone lines to listen to the news - despite warnings to stop doing that.
You simply can't do that with a mobile or VoIP (unless it runs on the power supplied by the POTS).
At best, making every cell-tower and every mobile phone solar powered would provide such functionality.
Up to the point where cell-towers are far more vulnerable to disruptions from everything that flies, falls, blows, burns or radiates.
You are describing a solution, not a problem.
There's probably even a huge tax write-off for supporting an entire army and thus boosting the economy.
Added later not even as an afterthought and with much struggle against it.
AND only for a small section of the population.
Also, emphasis on MOST in "built to accommodate most".
Nothing that hasn't been seen among the poor or the well off too.
Or among the animals for that matter.
I fail to see any evidence of the evolution of the rich.
Basically, America's system can't ever work, and never really will except for the rich.
Doesn't that actually imply that simply throwing money at the problem actually works?
US health system is built to accommodate most those who can afford it - clearly it works splendidly for that purpose.
Keep your rich healthy and they'll live longer, work longer and grow richer.
A bunch of people, uneducated in law or the actual matter of the trial, who really don't want to be there but are too stupid to come up with an excuse to be let go?
So they are bored, angry and just want to go home?
Or worse - people who think that it is their patriotic duty to pass judgement on others.
I heard that there is a small chance that smoking that weed may turn one into a human paraquat.
There was one rather famous case of that happening back in the nineties.
social media rants by government workers are causing problems for the workers
Seems to me more like "social media helps to uncover insane asshats among government workers".
Seriously, this guy apparently prejudiced against someone in a sexual assault case based on a font - he just gave everyone with whose cases he was involved a cause to ask for a retrial.
What are the chances an innocent person went to jail cause he didn't like their font or their hair style?
Once again this just proves that if you give asshats enough rope, they will eventually hang themselves with it.
I say "thumbs up" for the social media.