Great ideas Pirate, except.....
1. My closest neighbor is a mile and a half up the road, so I am lucky that my electric coop even runs power to me because none of the 3 cable providers in our country will not even think of giving me cable.
2. The subdivisions in town which did have buried power lines, suffered just as bad of a power hit because of the thousands of Live Oak trees that were uprooted and pulled the power lines up too.
You might have heard of all the bad press that Verison Wireless got during this storm, the root cause (pun intended ) of their problems were copious amounts of breaks in their fiber lines which were buried prior to this storm and pulled up like plates of spaghetti thrown into a ceiling fan.
So the bottom line is Mother Nature is just like any other women, if she wants it, she is going to get it!