Basic utilities in 2012

The university’s data network went down today, for an entire afternoon. Interesting how much of a requisite our internet connectivity is today. It got me thinking about which utilities are required in this day and age. I would say that today’s basic utilities are (1) water and sewerage, (2) electricity and/or gas, (3) telecommunications (radio, telephone, television, internet).

I wonder what will become the fourth, or how the others will become augmented?

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