Psssh I have to rent a vm elsewhere and run a VPN myself just in order to route an ipv6 /64 subnet to my residence. Since I live just 5 miles outside of the metro area, my choices for Internet are Jack (some neighbor who runs an ubiquiti airmax with factory default settings) and Sh*t (satellite). At the moment I'm tethered off my phone because Jack is highly unreliable for one who works in VoIP dev and is behind a TP Link NAT that is out of my control, so I'm already NAT-ed. Satellite is way too latent and far too capped for any of the video calls I need to make even as part of testing. And while the tethering off the cell is actually quite usable, I am both already stuck behind the phone's NAT and at the mercy of the carrier to not throttle me when I cross the magic number. My neighborhood does have the older AT&T adsl service, but they absolutely refuse to provide anything beyond dialtone to me. Well, that is, unless I spend $750/mo for 10/10 mbps fiber. So unless the builders start buying up some of the properties in my neighborhood and building smaller lot neighborhoods in their place, I'm SOL unless I can get funding to try to do a neighborhood fiber network, whose legality would most definitely be challenged by AT&T in court. And to think: I still have it better than a lot of areas in this country.
RE the privacy issue, what I hope that this does is open up a pandora's box for the telcos. Want to snoop on what everybody does on the network? Cool. You just lost safe harbor and common carrier status, and are now considered to be complicit if not a facilitator of any illegal/criminal activities and any copyright infringement that occurs. So while still being a crappy policy and law, at least the use of powers granted is heavily dis-incentivized. Though my cynical side again says that the telcos will continue tol get their cake and eat it too.
But yes, I can't imagine how somebody can find gainful employment these days without internet. Sure, I bet there's anecdotes about the guy on the street corner with the sign, but he would be more so the exception than the rule.